People question whether coast really is clear, Fox 8 New Orleans, October 11, 2010 at 12:29 a.m. EDT:
On top of the economic impacts, coastal residents fear that the health effects are uncertain. "On June 16th I walked out of my front door and hit the ground. The smell was so strong I could not breathe. It literally took my breathe away. I didn't think I would ever smell anything like that ever.. and we smell it every now and again," said [Vicki Perrin with the Coastal Heritage Society of LA] . It's because of those strong odors that Perrin said she began testing rainwater.
"Aluminum, magnesium, chloride, copper, nickel.. these are things you shouldn't find in your rainwater," said Perrin.
Results here: http://chsl.webs.com/testresults.htm