"There are things in place to do long-term tracking, but it HAS NOT STARTED" yet for BP cleanup workers, says health official


Local doctor links spill to symptoms, Walton Sun, November 02, 2010:

According to Mississippi Riverkeeper of the Waterkeeper Alliance, blood samples from eight individuals from Florida (Pensacola) and Alabama, male and female, residents and BP cleanup workers “were analyzed for volatile solvents and all came back with Ethylbenzene and m,p-Xylene in excess of 95th percentile values of 0.11 ppb for ethylbenzene and 0.34 ppb for m,p-Xylene.” The highest concentration value was four times the 95the percentile. ...

Gail Allen, administrator for the Walton County Health Department, said “I have not heard of this (volatile solvents blood) testing.”

“As far as air and water quality, testing, it hasn’t given any indication that it is necessary,” Allen said. “There are things in place to do long-term tracking (of BP workers), but it has not started” yet. ...

1 comment to "There are things in place to do long-term tracking, but it HAS NOT STARTED" yet for BP cleanup workers, says health official

  • Jean

    Things should have been in place to track the illnesses of the BP workers and area residents at the start of the disaster. They had about 2 months to prepare before the oil started coming ashore in Florida. How long are they going to wait? This County Health Dept. administrator doesn't seem too concerned.

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