Oiled beaches stay open as Florida waits for EPA to say if a health risk, “I don’t know why the EPA has waited this long” says local health director

Defying warnings, swimmers still take to oiled Gulf waters, Miami Herald, July 4, 2010:

[Director of the Escambia County Health Department, Dr. John] Lanza said his office was waiting for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to release toxicology results that will determine whether the Gulf waters pose a health risk.

[T]he Florida Health Department [is] relying on the EPA to pass judgement on the risks posed by oil in the water.

The EPA did not respond to requests for comment Friday, and Lanza said he doesn’t know when the federal agency will release the test results.

“I don’t know why the EPA has waited this long,” he said.

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