I receive a lot of information about the toxic effects of the BP disaster from my Twitter pal AltaKocker. I listen to him, because he knows more than I do. I know that to be a fact. How? As it turns out, he's a senior policy analyst at the EPA's office of solid waste and emergency response. Who knew?
Christie Todd Whitman assures workmen, days after 911, that the air is no threat to health. This is a clip from the documentary: 911, Toxic Legacy which aired on Canadian CBC 9/10.2006
May 18, 2010: EPA Admin. Lisa Jackson: Air quality, safety of Gulf Oil Disaster cleanup workers. Via http://firedoglake.com.
This just came to my attention: Maker of Controversial Dispersant Used in Gulf Oil Spill Hires Top Lobbyists.
Now back to my post already in progress:
Although BP officials and federal authorities have emphasized that all necessary precautions were being taken, questions are being raised by independent scientists, members of Congress and other federal officials, especially for the thousands of workers spending long hours in often overpowering fumes being emitted from the oil.
"There's no way you can be working in that toxic soup without getting exposures," Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA's office of solid waste and emergency response, said during an interview Thursday. He likened the response to previous toxic waste disasters and the World Trade Center cleanup, which left workers with long-term respiratory problems despite repeated official claims that workers did not need respirators because the working conditions were safe. "It's unbelievable what's going on. It's like deja vu all over again," he said.
H/t: AltaKocker (the very Hugh Kaufman seen in the first video and quoted in the WaPo excerpt)