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New survey details BP oil spill's human health damages by Sue Sturgis April 23,2012   |  Source: Facing South

People living along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle continue to suffer health problems as a result of the BP oil disaster, according to a new survey conducted by the Louisiana Environmental Action Network.

"As a result of previous as well as ongoing exposure to the crude oil, community members have been made ill," according to LEAN's findings. "The health impacts experienced by the coastal community members correspond to the health impacts associated with the chemical components of the BP crude and the dispersants."

LEAN surveyed 36 residents of coastal communities between May 2011 and February 2012, with half of those living in Louisiana, 43 percent in Mississippi and the remaining 7 percent in Alabama and Florida. Sixty percent were males between the ages of 19 and 76, and the rest were females between 7 and 65. Forty-five percent of those surveyed were cleanup workers. The results were analyzed by Wilma Subra, an award-winning environmental scientist from Louisiana.

The respondents were exposed to spill-related pollution in a variety of ways, with 77 percent exposed through contaminated air, 74 percent through contaminated water, 64 percent through contaminated wetlands and beaches, and 36 percent by eating contaminated oysters.

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© 2012 by the Institute for Southern Studies

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