Controlled Oil Burns Posed Few Health Risks, EPA Says

Law360, New York (November 12, 2010, 2:55 PM EST) -- Controlled burns of oil during the Deepwater Horizon spill created small amounts of cancer-causing dioxins, but not enough to endanger workers or residents, according to a pair of reports released Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The first report, which summarized the EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard's sampling efforts at the source of the controlled burns, found that dioxins were present at levels similar to those in emissions from residential woodstoves and forest fires.

The second report, co-authored with scientists from the National Oceanic...
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