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Years After Oil Spill, Report Finds Increase in Respiratory Problems & Cancer Risk in Workers

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

In November 2002, the oil tanker Prestige broke apart and sank, spilling about 20 million gallons of bunker oil off the coast of northern Spain. Worke...

Health Effects of the Gulf Oil Spill: JAMA Commentary

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

Today the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a Commentary on the health effects of the Gulf oil spill that I wrote along wit...

Oil Spills and Human Health: Lessons from History

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

Oil spill clean-up brings workers and volunteers into close contact with chemicals that are known to be hazardous to human health.  As we deal with t...

Respirators for Some Gulf Workers, Finally!

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

Are the latest respirator recommendations adequate to protect clean-up workers? I'm not sure they are, but I'm glad that at least some of the brave workers out there will have the benefit of respirators if they need them.

The Gulf Oil Spill: Human Health Is Affected too

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

Oil spills destroy ecosystems and kill wildlife, but people's health is directly affected too. As the situation in the Gulf Coast unfolds, the local communities and workers must be protected.

OSHA Limits Don't Protect Gulf Coast Workers

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

As someone who works in the field of occupational medicine, I'm familiar with the "OSHA says it's safe" argument. I also know that it's dead wrong.

Offshore Air Quality in the Gulf: BP Data Still Inadequate

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

I have repeatedly called upon BP to publicly release the air quality data that they claim shows the air is "safe" out there where hundreds of people are working. Well, BP finally responded... kind of.

Oil Spill Clean-Up Workers Getting Sick

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

Many of the fishermen who signed up to work for BP cleaning up the oil signed contracts that forbid them from talking to the press. Perhaps for that r...

What's in the Air Along the Louisiana Coast?

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

"You shoulda been out here last evening" said Carey, the shrimp boat captain who took me out to South Pass today. He saw that I was taking air samples...