“Take precautions to move out of the area” if impacted by oil spill says environmental chemist; Toxins at 200 times normal level along coast

Excerpts from Oil spill raises concerns about air quality along coastal Louisiana, WWL-TV New Orleans, May 18, 2010:

These pollutants could pose a health risk to local communities…” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said during a Senate Committee Hearing on Tuesday. …

Take Hydrogen Sulfide… a normal level in the air for it ranges from 5 to 10 parts per billion (ppb). At monitoring station in Venice, on May 2, the levels recorded were 30 ppb. The next day, May 3, the reading was nearly 40 times that, at 1,192 ppb. The day after that, May 4, it dropped down to 46 ppb, before rising on May 5 to 1,010 ppb. …

“[T]hat is of concern, that the people understand what is there and understand if they start getting the health impacts, they should take precautions to move out of the area.”

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http://www.wwltv.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/Oil-Spill-Raises-Concerns-About-Air-Quality-Along-Coastal-Louisiana-94202149.html

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