Blood Tests Show Elevated Level of Toxic Hydrocarbons in Gulf Residents

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Wed, 09/08/2010 - 00:51 | 568863 Trifecta Man
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What a unique way to make the Social Security fund last longer.  Poisoning the older folks with all those Gulf hydrocarbons and gases.  No wonder the government does not want to take a hard line on BP.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 22:39 | 568701 Dr. Sandi
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How many pints of tainted blood would need to be processed to get a gallon of unleaded?

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 00:09 | 568818 woolly mammoth
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sick. People are being hurt.

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 03:41 | 568969 Dr. Sandi
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sick. People are being hurt.

There's a sign on the front of ZH on the way in:

"You must be at least this tall >>>> to ride Zero Hedge."

This is not to be mean, it's for your protection.

School's out, Satch!

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 21:53 | 568630 blindman
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Katrina lays bare Superfund woes

Concern rises that storm may have compromised cleanup of toxic sites around New Orleans - and created new ones.

By Brad Knickerbocker, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor / September 15, 2005


Several Superfund sites in the New Orleans area were inundated by hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed. The most worrisome is the Agriculture Street Landfill, located about halfway between the French Quarter and Lake Pontchartrain. For nearly a century, municipal garbage and industrial wastes accumulated there. It was loaded with lead, arsenic, dioxin and carcinogenic hydrocarbons and later sprayed with the now-banned pesticide DDT. Underground fires gave it the nickname "Dante's Inferno."

The 95-acre site eventually was "remediated" under Superfund - fenced off and covered with a mat barrier and two feet of clean soil. As was the case with Love Canal, local residents continued to complain of health problems.

Today, the EPA and other agencies are investigating whether several feet of rushing floodwaters from the storm and from the collapsed Industrial Canal Levee very close to the former landfill spread the hazardous wastes from that downtown site across a much wider area. Other Superfund sites near New Orleans in Slidell, La., and Madisonville, La., also sustained flooding and there is concern two sites in neighboring Mississippi counties also have water damage.

"The potential for contaminants to rise and migrate through the flood waters to other areas is real," Solid Waste & Recycling magazine reported this week. "It's likely that the multimillion-dollar site restoration conducted a few years ago has been compromised, perhaps even rendered worthless."

Congress and the Bush administration are sure to address hazardous waste cleanup as part of the massive federal response to Katrina.


.But they're also faced with renewed scrutiny of the whole Superfund program. The industry tax fund ran out of money when Congress refused to renew it in 1995. Assigning blame among multiple polluters and subsequent property owners has been difficult."The program is not getting the funding it needs," says Alex Fidis, an attorney specializing in Superfund for the US Public Interest Research Group in Washington. "The problems are still there and if anything are getting worse."


The experience with Katrina tells some observers that dealing with hazardous waste sites may need a different approach - especially in areas vulnerable to forces of nature. "There needs to be a greater emphasis on cleanups that are really cleanups and not just covering it up," says Ed Hopkins, director of environmental quality programs for the Sierra Club in Washington. "But of course that involves money.".


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Tue, 09/07/2010 - 21:38 | 568604 Bagbalm
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So what were the levels in donated blood before the spill?

Easy to check.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 18:23 | 568203 Djirk
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It still costs less to fill up my Hummer in the US than any non OPEC country....vrooom

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 17:59 | 568144 Lucky Guesst
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Thanks George, its nice hearing the truth even if it is bad news.

I just can't believe the same EPA that has been screaming that cow farts are killing the planet is being so silent and vague on such a significant environmental danger to U.S. citizens and our marine life. What a sad evil joke on the people who's taxes actually pay for the EPA's existence. 

IMO the people living near the Gulf have been just as victomized as those hurt on 9/11 and during the Katrina fiasco. If the agencies that we fund cannot take an immediate dangers more seriously than a hypothetical one, they are not to be trusted and do not deserve to be funded!!!

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 22:18 | 568671 russki standart
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Lucky Guesst, I can believe it... the EPA swine are whoring for the elitist corporate scum that really control the US. They worry about cow farts because their masters rattled their chain and told them to bark. Unfortunately the people living near the Gulf will suffer the same fate as the 911 responders, who were told by the same swinish EPA that the air at ground zero was non toxic. Few things would make me happier than to see this parasitical organization dismembered, with  the senior staff tossed out on their keisters and/or sent to jail.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 17:57 | 568141 tony bonn
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the board of bp and its senior executive management should be tried and executed for crimes against humanity....the filth occupying that company are the most repugnantly repulsive slime on the planet....they are liars and murderers...

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 17:23 | 568036 Ruffcut
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These bastards will go at nothing to lie and deny, anything is wrong in the dead gulf.

It is election season, so the health and welfare of our citizens come second, to the shitter.

They will be branded complainers and bitchers.

If they actually did cap the well, then everyone thinks the crisis is over.  I have not bought that theory, at all.

You can print money to "fix" the financial fraudsters issues, but you can't cover up a massive mess of poison.

Or can you?

Democracy, my ass!

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 17:10 | 567991 Grand Supercycle
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DOW/S&P500/FTSE/EURO short signal continues :

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 18:40 | 568252 RockyRacoon
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That has fuck-all to do with Toxic Hydrocarbons.

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 01:36 | 568896 Miles Kendig
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We can only hope for a change..  I might suggest this as an option for the Grand Supercycle resident spammer

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 02:18 | 568694 Dr. Sandi
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SuperPsycho the spamming asshat is back, but at least he changed his avatar to something easier to spot and junk.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 21:04 | 568535 MsCreant
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LMAO, again.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 17:02 | 567964 bigkahuna
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When the "news" only reports blatantly incredible information, where do you go for the real story? Zerohedge!

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 16:12 | 567837 willien1derland
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George W - You are the best - thank you for your continued research on this subject - It is greatly appreciated, informative, & deeply disturbing that our beloved Government ignores the impact to the people of the Gulf - you should compile your articles into a book - just ensure you do not schedule your book signings with Tony Blair - I do not want you to be injured!

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 15:32 | 567780 Mad Mad Woman
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Thank you GW.  What's going to happen with these people? Is BP and the government going to let them all die? Is that stuff STILL in the air? This is the 2nd part of the disaster, with many more parts to follow I'm sure.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 15:08 | 567728 Rusty Shorts
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George, I would like to see you put together a piece on peak oil, start here with Colin Campbell's series on peak oil, it's a bit long, 13 parts, but one of the best I've seen.


Youtube channel =


BTW, thanks for your efforts!!

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 15:17 | 567751 George Washington
Tue, 09/07/2010 - 15:30 | 567776 Rusty Shorts
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Thanks !!

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 15:01 | 567710 pemdas
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No doubt if BP did not use corexit, there would be another group of scientists saying they should have.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 14:41 | 567664 Miles Kendig
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Feeling the long term love from nonperson persons....

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 21:03 | 568531 MsCreant
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Feeling the Love Miles, feeling the Love. Makes the "Love Shack" into a whole new beast.

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 02:01 | 568887 Miles Kendig
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Without question.  Most especially when TPTB so transparently demonstrate a total lack of respect for the LCC's of life as what passes for parasitic symbiosis remains the dominate force in many human affairs.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 14:54 | 567694 Ripped Chunk
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Ahh the nostalgia. One of the first great Superfund Sites !!!!

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 14:36 | 567655 Sudden Debt
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I think all the American people should pay a extra eco tax because they clearly need to take responsibility and also a extra weiner tax to support those poor BP executive who now suffer from a moral distress sickness thing.


Tue, 09/07/2010 - 14:34 | 567650 MsCreant
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Gulf oil spill trolls, where are you? Come out, come out and defend your masters!!! This should be good.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 15:09 | 567679 Miles Kendig
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It's all lies..

what is said is a lie
what is given is a lie
what is done is a lie
what goes is a lie
(the lie....)
a lie is a lie
the truth is a lie
what cooks below

the darkness is a lie...

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 14:42 | 567668 truont
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BP has declared "Mission Accomplished".

The BP PR-bloggers have gone home...

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 14:25 | 567636 Species8472
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So what's the before readings? No before readings = no cause and effect.


Tue, 09/07/2010 - 17:33 | 568073 M4570D0N
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Pretty much. That whole correlation ≠ causation thing. Without information about their readings prior to the spill, nothing substantial can be established, nor can any legitimate conclusion be drawn.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 18:38 | 568247 RockyRacoon
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Radiation readings after an atomic blast would be thus invalid.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 20:36 | 568451 nevadan
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Elevated levels of toxins are being found in residents blood --as compared to what?  The point is if one is going to use science to form an opinion then the approach needs to be scientific.  Raw data without a baseline with which to compare it to is just raw data.  The real question is how much of this stuff is already in the general population and hasn't been identified before now since no one seems to have been looking for it.  The HuffPost piece pretty strongly implies that the powers that be actively discourage looking at this information.  It is entirely possible that there has been elevated levels present before BP but the level of toxicity has not been high enough for the acute symptoms to manifest.  If this ever gets into the courts you can bet that pre-existing levels will be an issue and BP will do their best to demonstrate that they are just the most recent contributor to the problem.  Since this data does not seem to exist then it gives BP cover for some degree of liability.

I am in no way minimizing BP's responsibility for what they did.  Empirical evidence is quite sufficient that the magnitude of the  problem is primarily of their doing.  Personally I have always thought that the dispersants were going to cause a bigger problem than just letting the crude go.  At least if it was on the surface there would be some chance of collecting it.  The  industrial attitude is that the solution to pollution is dilution so dispersants are the easiest way to make the problem appear to go away.  So the "best" approach was to add to the problem.

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 10:33 | 569367 RockyRacoon
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I agree that correlation does not presuppose causation, but my point is that common sense must prevail at some juncture.  I should have expanded that in my comment.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 14:42 | 567667 nevadan
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In a quick scan of the documents I see the study focuses on age, gender, and ethnicity but no breakdown by geographic location.  These chemicals have been in general use for quite some time in the gulf so it has to be assumed that some background level was present in elevated amounts in the gulf coast residents.  I'd be interested in seeing an analysis of before and after as well as regional comparisons.  Too be sure, the environmental levels now are astronomically higher than usual.  But not all the present findings should be attributed to BP.  Cause and effect is there but to what degree?

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 14:23 | 567630 LostWages
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Thanks GW.

For all those waiting to sue BP, please take a number. 

The next number available is 2,354,775. 

Now serving number 12, number 12 please.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 16:01 | 567820 Ahmeexnal
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Seems like number 12 commited suicide. 3 shots in the back of the head. Number 11 drowned himself. NEEEEEEEEXT.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 15:57 | 567803 Ripped Chunk
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I'll have a pound and a half of shut down liver and a pint of those brain lesions.


Tue, 09/07/2010 - 14:20 | 567623 taraxias
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Thank you for continuing to inform on this important story GW.

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 13:57 | 567586 schoolsout
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Jesus...why is BP not BK yet?

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 20:46 | 568498 Moneygrove
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maybe thats why they vote for the gop ??????????

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 14:11 | 567607 hidingfromhelis
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