There are simply no safe levels of exposure to toxins. Part 5 The Gulf

Barbara

Nearly 3 months into this disaster; our sea is dying, our coast is polluted, our wetlands destroyed, wildlife murdered, our industry gone, summer fun never begun, the season(s)lost, families broke, businesses bankrupted, workers sickened, residents probably poisoned. Nothing will ever be the same again for many. Not ever.

Along with 18 million gallons of crude oil that we know is toxic, let’s drop 1 million gallons of dispersant, also crude based, and let the chips fall where they may! It been 3 months folks and the workers are getting sick and the leak ain’t plugged. POTUS is on his 4th vacation, has had 12 golf outings, I have lost count of the White House gala’s and I’d like to know where the friggen outrage is? No hope – no change and if the buck stopped there – he must have flushed it!

Same story once again – it’s safe. Yet we have 18 million gallons give or take a few mil of crude oil that we know is toxic. They are burning toxic crude oil, and dropping 1 million gallons of dispersant without benefit of studies. Meanwhile, workers are complaining of the same symptoms as 911, and Exxon Valdez while NO one who can do much about this is asking what the hell is going on?

Well folks – we can – there is an election coming up – throw the bums out- every damned incumbent – show em the door!

The dispersant BP is using is Corexit

COREXIT Ingredients:
Several weeks ago, Nalco responded to US EPA requests (after 2 months) by providing the agency with detailed formulation and ingredient information on our COREXIT dispersant. We further agreed that this information could be shared with any other federal agency and with third party laboratories EPA has been using for its Gulf monitoring and assessment program to allow them to monitor any potential for risks to the environment or public health.

COREXIT 9500 is the sole product we have been making for Gulf responders since the spill began. Limited quantities of COREXIT 9527″ MAY have been drawn” from existing dispersant stockpiles from around the world. (Me; may have been drawn equals we used it!!)

COREXIT 9500 does not include the ingredient 2-butoxy ethanol, an ingredient in COREXIT 9527.

Sounds great, they are dropping Skin cream, body shampoo, Body and Face lotion, tanning lotions Air freshener and cleaners.
Yippee how sweet of them. Everyone will be tan and smooth and sweet smelling like a baby. But–They are dumping TOXIC Distillates, petroleum, hydrotreated light

Overview
Petroleum distillates are made from crude oil.

Uses for
Distillates (petroleum), hydrotreated light is found in the following products:

Oil Dispersants
Pesticides
Charcoal
Air Freshener
Deodorizer
Adhesive
Car Wax
Car Tire Protectant
Car Fuel System Cleaner

Distillates, petroleum, hydrotreated light

Human Health Effects

Inhalation:
Can cause dizziness, headache, drowsiness, nausea, unconsciousness (NIOSH)
Skin
Dry Skin (NIOSH)

Ingestion:
Can cause cough, diarrhea, sore throat, and vomiting (NIOSH) (So let’s dump them on humans)

Environmental Effects:
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Hazard states that it is harmful to aquatic organisms. (So let’s dump them in the ocean!!)

http://toxipedia.org/display/toxipedia/Distillates,+petroleum,+hydrotreated+light
http://toxipedia.org/display/toxipedia/

ROUTES OF EXPOSURE: The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its vapor and by ingestion.

INHALATION RISK: No indication can be given about the rate in which a harmful concentration in the air is reached on evaporation of this substance at 20°C.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE: The vapor is slightly irritating to the eyes . The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system . Exposure to high concentration of vapors may result in unconsciousness. Swallowing the liquid may cause aspiration into the lungs with the risk of chemical pneumonitis.

ENVIRONMENTAL DATA: The substance is harmful to aquatic organisms.

References

NIOSH International Chemical Safety Card- DISTILLATES (PETROLEUM), HYDROTREATED LIGHT

US Department of Health and Human Services

Let’s add to the ever growing toxic list

2-Butoxy Ethanol can affect you by ingestion and may be absorbed through the skin.

2-Butoxy Ethanol should be handled as a CARCINOGEN–WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

Contact can irritate the skin and eyes with possible eye damage.

Inhaling 2-Butoxy Ethanol can irritate the nose and throat.

2-Butoxy Ethanol can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Exposure can cause headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, and passing out.

2-Butoxy Ethanol may damage the liver and kidneys.

We’ve seen 2-butoxy ethanol before: It was used during cleanup operations for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil disaster. The 911 rescue workers were exposed to Ethanol as it is also contained in Jet fuel.

Documentary film maker James Fox has released a new video, shot on location in and around Grand Isle, Louisiana. In the video, James and his crew collected numerous water samples, water with a visible oil presence. One of the water samples collected was from twenty miles off shore, while others were taken from the beach on Grand Isle.

The footage also showed the oil caked hulls of boats from the area, a grim reminder of the true reality we are currently facing in and around the gulf.

Corexit 9500 and 9527A are both being applied daily, with little to no intervention by the EPA. Samples have shown high concentrations of Propylene Glycol, between 360 and 440 parts per million. Keep in mind that 25 parts per million is the excepted toxic limit for fish. This would indicate that some of the samples were 150 times the toxic limit!

Oil and water samples were taken from both the Shores of Grand Isle and from 20 miles out. The preliminary analysis was done at an academic analytical chemistry laboratory. Looking for the likely pollutants from the deep water Horizon Oil spill. It was focused on the detection of benzene and propylene glycol. Benzene and other highly toxic contaminants were very low however the concentration of propylene glycol was between 360 and 440 parts per million.

Just 25 parts per million is known to kill most fish and propylene glycol is just one of many ingredients found in Corexit. In short, the Gulf is being poisoned by BP’s usage of the dispersants even after the EPA asked them to stop back in May. We are willing to provide ANY respected/known laboratory these samples or provide them with more. This is very serious to all people and marine life in and around the Gulf. James Fox

The bottom line is that the situation is out of control and only compounding day by day, hour by hour. The potential for an even larger problem looms on the horizon, due to the possibility that these toxins may reach our water supply in the very near future. As time marches on, the gulf oil spill is proving to be one of the worst disasters in history, one that may end up affecting not just the gulf, but the entire world.
http://beforeitsnews.com/news/94/983/ALERT_Gulf_Water_Samples_Prove_Toxic,_BP_Continues_Spraying.html

Have we learned anything?

“Crude oil composition varies slightly by its source, but its toxic properties are fairly consistent. Chemicals such as benzene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are very toxic components of crude oil and of high concern. These and many other chemicals in crude oil are volatile, moving from the oil into the air. Once airborne, they can blow over the ocean for miles, reaching communities far from the spill. They may be noticed as petroleum odors. Consequently, both those working on the spill and people who are far from it can be exposed to crude oil chemicals in air.”

Yet we are being told all is well and safe. Haven’t we heard this too many times before? 911, Exxon Valdez? Why are they saying it’s safe? Why do believe it’ safe?

The EPA knows it is ALL toxic. The CDC knows it is ALL toxic. They issued the warnings I found! See Part 1 There are simply no safe levels of exposure to toxins. Part 1 Introduction Why the denial that 18 millions of gallons of crude oil and I million gallons of dispersants are safe? We have both human and animal studies that say it is toxic.

We are once again listening to a company that is responsible and manufactures the dispersant, BP, and a Government that ignores its own studies say it’s SAFE. Yet experts, scientist, doctors, marine biologists, survivors themselves as well as the CDC and the EPA literature all tell us — it is not safe.

Doctors call for help protecting Gulf oil spill workers
By Marisa Taylor

WASHINGTON — A group of doctors who’ve tracked 9/11 rescue workers’ illnesses urged the Obama administration to “prevent a repetition of costly mistakes” made after the terrorist attacks by protecting Gulf Coast oil spill workers from toxic exposure.

In a letter McClatchy obtained that was sent to health and safety officials earlier this month, 14 doctors said oil spill workers should get the maximum level of protection from exposure in an effort to avoid the problems that arose after the Sept. 11 attacks.

After 9/11, health experts accused the Bush administration of withholding information about the toxicity of the air at the World Trade Center site from emergency workers and of being too slow to prevent exposure.

Long-term studies have since found that many 9/11 rescue workers and firefighters have suffered increased respiratory illnesses and reduced lung capacity.

“Failure to recognize the errors made from the response to the WTC disaster and a further failure to benefit from their attendant lessons may well lead to needless risk to human health in the Gulf and will amplify the human and financial costs associated with such risks,” the doctors wrote.

The group recommended that the program set up to track the health of the oil spill workers be sponsored by organizations other than BP. As it stands, the Obama administration is demanding that BP pay for the program.
(But hasn’t heard of Toxic)

The doctors wrote that the administration should “enforce applicable laws to the maximum extent possible, leaving as little as possible to the discretion of private industry.”

Critics are questioning whether the administration has left too many decisions about the health and safety of the estimated 37,000 oil spill workers to the discretion of BP as a growing number of them complain about exposure to toxins.

At least 74 spill workers have complained that they felt ill after exposure to air pollutants from the crude oil, dispersants and other toxins. Most of the symptoms — ranging from throat irritation to nausea and headaches — cleared up quickly.

While experts agree that the level of exposure is lower than federal safety standards permit, they say that what little information has been released offers more questions than answers.

Meanwhile, BP isn’t recording a majority of the exposures to air pollutants as part of its official tracking system of oil spill illnesses and injuries.

Adding to the concerns, workers are getting only the minimum hazardous-material training required, which is two to four hours. That’s because the administration chose to apply training standards that date to soon after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.

Health and safety officials also have declined to push BP to provide respirators to many of the workers. They’re worried about requiring respirators prematurely, in part because of the summer heat that many workers are exposed to. Respirators could trigger heat exhaustion or worsen its symptoms.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/06/23/96434/doctors-seek-help-protecting-gulf.html

Are you outraged yet? They are dumping TOXIC on top of TOXIC.

Part Six The Conclusion.

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5 Responses

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  2. It truly boggles the mind what crap is foisted on us by our own government all for the Corporations like BP. They are allowed to poison us and tell us lies, with absolutely no true oversight!!!

    Enraged does not discribe fully what I feel.

    Outraged does not come close.

    There are no words in the English language that suffice for the feeling I have about this mess.

    Arrrrgh!

  3. Goofsmom,

    The more. You research the madder you become
    They knew Exxon Valdez, they knew 911 was
    Toxic and they know the gulf is Toxic right this
    Minute.
    Question is what to do we?
    ((( goofs))))
    .

  4. Check out this site. There are flyers to print out for both the public and workers as well as some info.

    http://diane-michel.com/blog/2010/06/16/crude-oil-health-hazards/

  5. (((Barbara)))

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