Toxicologist: Toluene and PAHs are known to cause spontaneous abortions — Oil disaster effects “may be hitting more quickly than anybody imagined”


Dead Infant Dolphins: Veteran Toxicologist Ties Oil Toxins to “Spontaneous Abortions” in Mammals, Stuart H. Smith, Esq. Blog, February 24, 2011:

... We have had no luck confirming the identity of the “scientists” who initially told the Associated Press that BP was not to blame – I’m still betting NOAA is behind that knee-jerk denial. This story has the potential to re-engage the rest of the country, and BP and government public relations folks have to know that. I’m sure they’re scrambling the jets to control the damage as we speak.

Veteran toxicologist Dr. William Sawyer, a member of my research team, says the dolphin deaths are an outcome that could very well be linked to BP’s spill. He explains: “Toluene and aromatic hydrocarbons are known to cause spontaneous abortions and severe birth defects in humans and other mammals.”

The real surprise here, from what I can gather, is that the spill effects may be hitting more quickly than anybody imagined, indicating that the oil and/or dispersant may be even more toxic than we thought.

Read the report here.

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