NOAA Study: Massive plumes of aerosolized oil “likely posed a health threat” — Problems range from aggravated asthma to premature death


Evaporating oil from BP spill likely posed a health threat, study says, The Times-Picayune, March 10, 2011:

A new study about the way oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon accident evaporated into the air confirms that cleanup workers were exposed to high levels of airborne pollution, and that the fumes also may have made their way onshore in Louisiana. ...

The lighter compounds combined with particles in the air and were found in a narrow plume stretching from the Macondo well northwest towards the mouth of the Mississippi River. A much wider plume of aerosols associated with the heavier compounds was found stretching across the northern edge of the oil, also moving northwest with prevailing winds towards the Louisiana coastline. ...

"These concentrations were high," [Joost de Gouw, a research scientist with NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory] said. "They are much higher than what you and I are exposed to in cities. We need to have a closer look at how these plumes of aerosol impacted people on shore." ...

When inhaled, both sizes of particles can reach deep inside of lungs, resulting in health problems, ranging from aggravated asthma to premature death in people with heart and lung disease.

Read the report here.

3 comments to NOAA Study: Massive plumes of aerosolized oil “likely posed a health threat” — Problems range from aggravated asthma to premature death

  • ivanthedestroyer77

    Why are we only hearing about this now? Looks like Simmons was absolutely correct when he advocated evacuating the gulf coast. However, it is obvious the government was only concerned with profits and Negative market reactions.

    Eat the Fish, Swim in the Water … What an Idiot!

  • Jean

    Now they tell us? Well, not like we didn't already know. If we could smell the oil, we knew it was a health threat.

  • monkey99

    "likely posed" sounds a bit too prematurely past-tense to me

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