Could illnesses be linked to BP oil spill?, Tri-Parish Times, March 10, 2011:
An analytical chemist with 30 years of experience, [Bob] Naman also expressed an extremely pessimistic viewpoint on the Gulf's future, offering an unprompted prediction that air quality will sharply decline, beaches will eventually be closed to everyone besides clean-up vessels and martial law will be granted.
Naman said that by now 2-butoxyethanol no longer remains in the environment, and Gulf residents and clean-up workers have to deal with the byproducts of the chemistry project.
"A mix of oil/dispersant/water resulted which is heavier than water and sinks to the gulf floor," Naman said in a follow-up e-mail. "The mixture has resulted in [Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH)] compounds and petroleum/dispersant remnants as well as degradation biproducts of the mixture.
"These 'blobs' will eventually come ashore with southern winds and if a hurricane comes our way...when it does the entire gulf seashore will be inundated with tarry mats and will heavily contaminated beaches and will impact air quality to a degree never seen. Biodegradation is going very slow because this goop is toxic and microbes dont like it. (sic)" ...
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