US Officials Call For Study Of BP Spill Health Impacts

Law360, New York (June 15, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT) -- Most cleanup workers and residents near the Deepwater Horizon spill have not reported acute health issues, but data on long-term exposure is thin and more study is needed, public health administrators told a U.S. Senate committee Tuesday.

Workers and residents in the Gulf area have reported mostly “very mild” problems on visits to a government clinic, most often in their respiratory systems, eyes and gastrointestinal tracts, said Lisa Kaplowitz, assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The HHS is nonetheless...
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