Why Isn’t This a Scandal? Entire Gulf Coast Population at Risk

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the chemical dispersant (Corexit 9580) being used in the Gulf Coast Oil Catastrophe designates it as an “acute” hazard to human health, and recommends the use of protective biohazard clothing when handling it.

Marine Toxicologist Riki Ott, who has studied and written about the Exxon Valdez oil spill, is now reporting from the Gulf Coast about “bad air days, days when the air smells like oil,” and people are breathing toxic fumes.

“People are getting the same symptoms as the workers, only to a little lesser degree: headaches, nausea, sore throat, stuffy sinuses … ”

In the video below, Ott talks to Rachel Maddow about the toxic risks from oil mixed with the dispersant, including —  in the acute phase — respiratory problems, central nervous system problems, immune suppression, even kidney and liver problems.

According to Ott, it isn’t just the cleanup workers who are at risk, but also the Gulf Coast  population at large, who cannot — she says — stay inside all summer with their windows closed.

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3 Responses to “Why Isn’t This a Scandal? Entire Gulf Coast Population at Risk”
  1. GregZaller says:

    Maddow has been the goto site for me to get educated about the oil spill. With all of the news and blogs I wish there was more information.

  2. Dmitri Priimak says:

    Perhaps it is information overload. With all the bad news from all over the world concentrated on a tiny screen one can barely pay attention or differentiate worthwhile news from something inconsequential.

  3. Anna Haynes says:

    “Drill, baby, drill.”

    Maybe it’s time for we Americans to grow up.

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