Think of Valdez ... and you think of
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill...
& subsequent efforts at cleanup ...
So, what can anyone do about it all anyway?
Prevention, of course...
Most of the Oil Spill Act of 1990 was a help -
We have SERVS - 'Ship Escort Response Vessel System'
- We have RCAC - Regional Citzens' Advisory Commitee
Only thing... it was an injustice to ban the ship... *
So you can lobby Congress to overturn the ban... It wasn't the ship's fault
EPA made a Big Mistake, however,
to Approve Chemical Dispersants -
which Hurt... not Helped the situation!
Nature with the waves and the sunlight does more good
than putting kitchen oil with soap/poison
(Inipol EAP 22 with 12% 2-butoxyethanol - Used non diluted and heated)
or kerosene with triple the soap/poison & some cancer causing component(s)
(Corexit with 38% 2-butoxyethanol and trace ethylene oxide)
... into the water & on the beaches.
Adding Oil and Kerosene?
... Weren't we trying to get rid of the carbons!
Some researchers claim that it took 4 years for beaches to recover with the help of humans... and only 18 months when left alone. Also, you won't have deaths of workers exposed to the oil and chemicals... just a few years later.
"Dispersants have not been the first line of defense for oil spill cleanup in the U.S.
because dispersants present toxicity threats and health threats to those applying the products." uspoly.com/dispersit
Remember also, that workers would never be supplied daily with the appropriate, non contaminated personal protective gear they need. Remember what Dr. John Middaugh of the State of Alaska Epidemiology Dept stated,
"The Human Toll is not worth it!"
Ask him to do a health study.
This Dept has the authority to follow up health-wise on these workers.
The workers need to be found. You would be surprised to know that someone in your circle of friends and acquaintances may have worked on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup. It is urgent that they be found. They don't know what health concerns they are dealing with, and because it is from oil or chemical poisoning, doctors see the results, but not the chemical cause. So, they need to avoid chemicals as much as possible... If they are not making enough blood, and getting severe headaches... blood thinner may hurt, not help. There may already have been many deaths attributed to heart attack, which were instead collapse from lack of blood; or leukemia diagnosed instead of death by aplastic anemia (caused from the oil exposures).
And the workers need to be found so their families will also understand their struggle. The last thing someone who is ill needs ... is to be criticized for it. Often family and friends say, "Why are you sleeping all the time?" "What's your problem?" "Why are you so lazy?" "Why aren't you nicer?" Maybe they need to realize that their loved one is ill & rejection by their family hurts them all over again.
The workers need to be found... so they AND their children can learn a life-style of avoiding chemicals as much as possible...
Lobby to have laws disclosing to the public the harmful ingredients in their every day household cleaning products. If it cleans really well, like Lysol tub 'n tile or 409 Cleaner, or Spray 'n Wash... you can just about count on it having some of the same poisons. Whatever you do, don't let the little ones play squirt gun with the empty containers... the MSDS, if you can get one, says to crush empty containers... to be sure they will not be re-used. AND do not dispose of near streams or any water source!
There needs to be a medical follow up on these guys... not paid by Medicaid, but by Exxon. When dad is no longer here, who will take care of his children and help them with school? Is there such a thing as 'wrongful death?' There should be.
There is more that needs to be done here. Even the children need to followed up on for the effect of their parent's strong exposure to chemicals. Are we to learn nothing from this? What a loss to medical science, not to follow up on the workers, on their children!
Where is the medical research for cures? for hemolytic anemia? for aplastic anemia?
Did you know that the "package of symptoms" of Gulf War Syndrome and those for overexposure to 2-butoxyethanol are the same? They are.
Are we to repeat it upon future generations ad infinitum? Lobby to ban dispersants strong in 2-butoxyethanol. Ban Exxon's Corexit and Inipol EAP 22 from EPA's 'approved use' list. No young man should suffer from chemical poisoning just because he took a job one day to provide for his family or to go to college ..... and trusted his employer.
EPA - Please ban these dispersants strong in poison
& return to the best policy of gathering up spilled oil
and treating it elsewhere
Since, so far EPA can't or won't do it, the chemical industry, you know
... Lobby your Senators and Representative - to do their job for them!
... Just as Congress did when it banned the Exxon Valdez ship
Your Opinion Matters!
Many harmed by 2-butoxyethanol do not connect their ailments to this chemical.
It is also found in the auto industry - painting cars
found in the cleaning business in general, at home as well as commercial cleaning
found in dry cleaning business
found in the plastics business
Was there enough known about this chemical to never have used it at all during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup?
Our nation needs the medical profession to help... this is a BIG PROBLEM in our NATION
Maybe we need to re-evaluate
how oil spills are cleaned up
to abbreviated web contents - Exxon Valdez Oil Spill - workers
Public domain photos courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.