Report: Residents near Arkansas oil spill with chemical burns, gastrointestinal problems, extreme fatigue — 30 toxic chemicals at high levels — 88,000 ppb of hydrocarbons in air

Published: May 1st, 2013 at 5:43 pm ET
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Title: Independent Air Test at Mayflower Oil Spill Reveal 30 Toxic Chemicals at High Levels
Sources: Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group, Global Community Monitor
Date: April 26, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip

Independent Air Test at Mayflower Oil Spill Reveal 30 Toxic Chemicals at High Levels

Health Symptoms Persist Despite Denials from Exxon and Agencies

Little Rock–A citizen based organization responding [to] the recent Exxon Pegasus Pipeline rupture and tar sands oil spill discovered over twenty-five toxic chemicals in the first ambient air sample collected on March 30. [...]

[April] Lane relayed that “even four weeks later, residents are still feeling symptoms from the chemical exposure. People have consistently talked about gastrointestinal problems, headaches, respiratory problems, skin irritation including chemical burns, and extreme fatigue.” These symptoms are consistent with exposure to the chemicals found in the independent air testing.

According to Dr. Neil Carman with the Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club and former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, “Thirty toxic hydrocarbons were measured above the detection limits. Each of the thirty hydrocarbons measured in the Mayflower release is a toxic chemical on its own and may pose a threat to human health depending on various exposure and individual factors. Total toxic hydrocarbons were detected at more than 88,000 parts per billion in the ambient air and present a complex airborne mixture or soup of toxic chemicals that residents may have been exposed to from the Mayflower tar sands bitumen spill.” [...]

Lane’s initial air sample on March 30 detected over twenty-five toxic chemicals including cancer causing benzene and ethylbenzene. [...]

Benzene vapors in the Mayflower sample were measured at 220 parts per billion by volume (ppbV), exceeding the Texas short-term effects screening levels (ESL) for benzene of 54 parts per billion (ppb) by four times. Many residents were exposed for several days and are still being exposed to crude remaining in the environment. [...]

See also: HuffPost: Health concerns increasing after Arkansas oil spill -- Students sent home after illness from fumes -- Workers cleaning up dead fish at night

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