AP: BP Starts “Top kill”
BP launched its bid to plug the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday. They are force feeding heavy mud into the well and will then shoot in cement to plug the well permanently. BP’s chief executive said the procedure had a 60 to 70 percent chance of working.
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Chemical dispersants could be affecting the health of those involved with the Gulf oil spill clean-up effort. Some Louisiana fishermen hired by BP for clean-up have reported headaches, burning eyes and nausea.
Gary Burris, a fisherman who works along the Gulf Coast, says that after breathing in the dispersants he grew ill and disoriented. After confining himself to bed for days he decided to go to a doctor for treatment and antibiotics. “It filled my lungs with fluid. I’m hurting – I’m sore from coughing,” he said.
A marine toxicologist who worked on the Exxon Valdez oil cleanup in Alaska said the symptoms track with those suffered in the aftermath of the Valdez spill.
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Many consumers already know about Bisphenol A (BPA,) which is a harmful chemical component of plastic bottles, but exposure to BPA’s are not limited to plastics. The synthetic chemical is also used as a lining to extend the shelf life of canned foods. A new study researches the level of exposure to consumers.
Mike Shriberg, director of The Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, says multiple studies show even low doses of BPA can be harmful. He says, “It actually acts like a hormone within your body, and it has a whole wide range of effects. It blocks the body’s normal functioning, even at low doses, and it’s been linked with things like obesity, neurological problems, cancer, infertility and thyroid malfunction.”
Six states currently ban BPA in food containers but dozens of organizations call for a more stringent federal ban.
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