The media coverage of the BP oil disaster to date has focused largely on the threats to wildlife, but the latest evaluation of air monitoring data shows a serious threat to human health from airborne chemicals emitted by the ongoing deepwater gusher.
Today the Louisiana Environmental Action Network released its analysis of air monitoring test results by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA's air testing data comes from Venice, a coastal community 75 miles south of New Orleans in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish.
The findings show that levels of airborne chemicals have far exceeded state standards and what's considered safe for human exposure.
For instance, hydrogen sulfide has been detected at concentrations more than 100 times greater than the level known to cause physical reactions in people. Among the health effects of hydrogen sulfide exposure are eye and respiratory irritation as well as nausea, dizziness, confusion and headache.
The concentration threshold for people to experience physical symptoms from hydrogen sulfide is about 5 to 10 parts per billion. But as recently as last Thursday, the EPA measured levels at 1,000 ppb. The highest levels of airborne hydrogen sulfide measured so far were on May 3, at 1,192 ppb.
Testing data also shows levels of volatile organic chemicals that far exceed Louisiana's own ambient air standards. VOCs cause acute physical health symptoms including eye, skin and respiratory irritation as well as headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea and confusion.
Louisiana's ambient air standard for the VOC benzene, for example, is 3.76 ppb, while its standard for methylene chloride is 61.25 ppb. Long-term exposure to airborne benzene has been linked to cancer, while the EPA considers methylene chloride a probable carcinogen.
WHAT if you bought EXXON 10 YEARS AGO? SAME THING. Buy BP AND MAKE SOME MONEY AND FORGET ABOUT THE oil on the beachs, it will get cleaned. Pleaseee.
If your long BP, respond to this message pleaseeeeeeeee.
Just got back from Point Cleare Al. Went to Gulf Shores and dalphine island and no oil on beaches just a big hipe for the news media and the anti drillers. How many of you have been there to seen for yourself ? Mountains of barriers stockpiled and the fishing boats getting rich off tax payers. I saw boats in the harbor at 11:00 A M doing paperwork untill 3 when they got off a big scam. Trust the News media
What the hell is wrong with you spreading crap like this? If this was true they would have gotten people the hell out of there. Obama is headed back down there tommorrow. You really think they would allow the Prez. down there if this was true. You should be ashamed of yourself spreading this garbage. Moron loser.
Another "nuke it" idiot.
Ut doesn't take much on these boards to pretend to know about any topic you want to chime in.
Government, military, Bp, no one thought about "nuking it" except you.. You are so smart!
DISPERSANTS (have a liberal note the spelling for you, for the future) are used to try to keep the oil from coming ashore. They are water-soluble, so they are hardly an air pollution risk when placed in the water.
Dispersants are a contact risk, when a drum of them is spilled, so they have to be handled carefully.
Once in the water column (that's "ocean," to you), they are a different sort of risk. Things that live in the water can be damaged or killed by dispersants. They also make clean-up a problem, since most oil is removed by water by using differences in density and solubility. Dispersants defeat that ability.
Hope that helps, redneck.
Next there will be extremely high summer temperatures .... a tremendous increase in tornadoes and hurricanes .... severe hail storms .... earthquakes .... tsunamis driving the oil to shore .... sun spots .... disruption of the tides .... swarms of locusts .... and, a 35% chance of a killer asteroid striking Mississippi before Labor Day!
I live in New Orleans. I haven't noticed any difference in the air quality nor have I heard anyone comment on it. That was in Venice which is about 60 miles from here. I hope it's less. If anyone hasn't seen the 60 minutes segment with that guy that survived the explosion should watch it on youtube. His testimony will sink BP along with others that survived. There were witnesses to BP blunders at every turn.