What happened to the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup workers?
It is important to know that ... to find cause of flu, CFIDS, diabetes, many cancers
Exxon Paralegal, " I never saw a claim at all for injury due to Valdez. And I worked there from 1995 through 1997"
OK, I would estimate that in that time period you would have mostly issues surrounding the oiled communities or fishermen's claims
There were some lawsuits in earlier years. Some even won, but I believe the cases were 'sealed' or were supposed to be. I think since Exxon has not even put up a deposit for the lawsuits with fishermen and the punitive damages they are appealing, workers may think there is no hope of winning a suit, and what's the point?
Riki Ott, PHd in biology and also a fisherwoman from Cordova wrote a book that came out not long ago. If you would be interested in reading it, I will see if I can get you a copy.
Sound Truth and Corporate MYTH$:
The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
How to purchase a book?
for those who want to buy it?
Sound Truth and Corporate Myths: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (2005) reveals the new science showing that oil is much more toxic toxic than previously thought to humans and wildlife.
Sound Truth provides critical new information
for people working in oil issues and educators.
Also with excerpts with workers ... & interviews with some of them
Favorite Quotes and News Articles *
It is my personal opinion that until we know what has happened health-wise to the workers of the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup, and those who were close to them (second hand solvent exposure) and a true epidemiology picture of what happened to the health of citizens of Valdez after 1989 ... we will never learn the truth about the exposure to oil and the exposure to 2-butoxyethanol in Inipol EAP 22 (now shelved) and Corexit (used since 1972 until the present day). One MSDS info that I found on Corexit indicated Exxon sold it to the Dept of Defense. One soldier I communicated (with strong signs of 'gulf war syndrome')* said he thought he recalled seeing a barrel of Corexit leaking out in the Arms Room
I also firmly believe that had Exxon stopped the cleanup experiment and announced that 2-butoxyethanol was harming workers .... it would not have been continued to be in such widespread use, and that there may have never been a 'gulf war syndrome.'
Although military people have many exposures to many things and have health damage from an assortment of things, the one that harmed them the most, the one that is a 'match' for the CFIDS they suffer, etc is the effects of the flu-causing chemical, 2-butoxyethanol. AND there are also many different ways to be exposed to this chemical: it is in gun cleaners, jet fuel, paints, cleaning products of all kinds, and somehow I think it is in explosive vapors ... with fumes in one's eyes as the worst exposure.
One EVOS worker of bioremediation workers shared with me that Exxon had a ship nearby for the EXXON observers of the bioremediation experiment. Exxon thought they could protect their own, but they could not. The chemical could blow in their direction and expose them also.
prove FATIGUE from Inipol
Which kind? or both? *
Another issue I notice is that there are so many other things that can take the blame when a worker collapses from lack of oxygen of 'the fatigue' ... like it was a heart attack ... that something else will generally get the blame, and this chemical's effects goes unnoticed
Nor do doctors suspect that one chemical could do so much harm, all by itself
Margaret Diann 907-835-3135
Plan for consideration under Sarah Palin administration
Second hand exposure to 2-butoxyethanol,
a component of the EVOS cleanup chemicals,
looks like this:
everyone around her had a constant cough and runny nose.
She went back to Hawaii, but couldn't seem to shake the illness. "I
just kept getting sicker and sicker. Breathing and sinus, stomach,
Finally, she was diagnosed with diabetes, along with emphysema, asthma and an enlarged liver. She has a bacterial overgrowth in her lower intestine.
"My goodness," she said, "this thing has ruined my life."
Fever Might Mean *