Rehabilitating our beaches, The Anniston Star Editorial Board, February 14, 2011:
[Environmental scientist Wilma Subra] laid out a depressing picture of fishermen and beach cleanup crews being polluted by a toxic brew of chemicals from the oil and the dispersants used to expedite the process. There was too much exposure to chemicals and too little use of proper safety equipment, attendees said.
For now, we’ll restate our concern about the work of Subra and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network: The results of their sampling are troubling, but they need to test more than a handful of people for their findings to have a wider impact. Twelve people aren’t a big-enough sample.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that the enduring effects of the spill hover over the Gulf Coast today...
[T]ime may never heal the worst of the health concerns of the spill, concerns that those sickened by oil and chemicals can’t discard.