Assessment Of Health Risks After An Oil Spill – Part 1 of 3
Assessment Of Health Risks After An Oil Spill. This Tuesday and Wednesday, a high-ranking corps of expert government advisors is meeting to outline and forestall potential health risks from the Gulf oil spill – and find ways to minimize them. The workshop, convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the request of the US Department of Health and Human Services, will not copy any formal recommendations, but is intended to spur debate on the ongoing spill. “We know that there are several contaminations.
We know that there are several groups of people – workers, volunteers, society living in the area,” said Dr Maureen Lichtveld, a panel member and professor and chair of the department of environmental health sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. “We’re effective to discuss what the opportunities are for exposure and what the potential short- and long-term health effects are.
That’s the essence of the workshop, to look at what we know and what are the gaps in science. The eminent point is that we are convening, that we are convening so quickly and that we’re convening locally”. The meeting, being held on Day 64 and Day 65 of the still-unfolding disaster, is taking place in New Orleans and will also take in community members.
High on the agenda: discussions of who is most at risk from the oil spill, which started when BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, mass murder 11 workers. The spill has already greatly outdistanced the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in magnitude.