The Bigger Overview: *
What really went wrong
was the amount of time workers were exposed
and inadequate protection *
and the hazards of a high concentration of 2-butoxyethanol in the product!
... for those who knew they were exposed to the chemicals...
then what about all the others? *
Anyone who worked with Inipol EAP 22...
or Corexit 9580... (has some ethylene oxide?)
or Corexit 9527... (has more 2-butoxyethanol)
Customblen... (has no 2-butoxyethanol)
or any of the ten experimental chemicals being tested the summer of 1989
most too new to even have an MSDS ...
should have a good physical.
And share with your doctor *
the chemical ingredients, if you can find them. Exxon's being pretty secretive about what's in Corexit.
Inipol EAP 22 *
Helps Chart to Check Red Blood Cells *
and if your doctor is not expert in health damage from chemicals,
ask him or her to check with someone who is *
If you have a low red blood cell count (check for hemolytic anemia)
If you also have any kidney/liver damage...
more likely the combo is an indication of damage from overexposure to 2-butoxyethanol?
at the very least, ask your doctor to consider this possibility... it is not well-known yet
Diabetes can cause kidney damage... but does it also cause a low red blood cell anemia?
People have collapsed from lack of enough red blood cells... but it is said to be a heart attack.
Please have regular check ups for kidney and liver function levels
It was thought that just the non-union VECO guys were at risk for health damage from Inipol EAP 22 - exposure was worse, as it was heated in order to apply.
Also, there were Coast Guardsmen and DEC workers on the beaches monitoring the work. Videos shows Corexit being applied... on the beaches in 1989... by Norco workers? *
ADN article indicates that mid August Corexit applications cease due to being ineffective.
2-butoxyethanol... couldn't be harmful... it's in ordinary household products! *
Maybe we'd better think twice...
Multiple little exposures over a long period of time,
can be just as damaging as a lot of exposure all at one time for a short period.
What are symptoms of chemical overexposure? * middle of page
Contact * regarding Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup Workers
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Aerial of a maxi-barge and spill workers cleaning beach during Corexit testing, large oil sheen escapement, Quayle Beach, Smith Island (Prince William Sound) Public domain photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.
More about the workers
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