Note: About some of the “Possibly Related Posts” at the end of any post on this site concerning the BP Gulf Oil Spill Disaster. Posts that claim the total devastation caused by BP and made worse by our Goverment was exaggerated, or the oil is gone, or anything positive about BP and their response, are total 100% propaganda. True information about this whole disaster is being censored on the internet. More about that later. Ignore BP’s Google ads they paid for also, you will not get the truth on their sites or on the Government’s sites either, which is very sad. Katy
Posted on: July 30, 2010, by The Pump Handle
By Alice Shabecoff
As the massive oil slicks from the BP disaster continue to advance upon shores and communities, worries over the effects on wildlife and the natural environment abound, and rightfully so: hailed as the biggest oil spill in our nation’s history, much of the damage is irreparable, with more inevitably to come. Yet policy makers, community members and advocates are strangely silent about another unavoidable danger: substantial harm to the children of the coast.
If you can smell oil, chemicals are then in the air and can therefore be inhaled. Parents who are helping to mop up the oil (often reportedly without proper safety equipment) could potentially bring these chemicals into their homes via contaminated skin and clothing. More worrisome is the oil’s potential impact on the water supply, affecting communities across the American south.
Crude oil is complex mix of hundreds of highly toxic chemicals, including benzene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, infamous for their capacity to cause cancer and damage to the nervous system. In fact, crude oil components can damage every part of the body, from the reproductive and respiratory systems to the immune system, kidneys, liver and gastrointestinal system. These chemicals disrupt the organs that make up the endocrine system, responsible for mental and physical growth as well as fertility. They also easily penetrate cell walls, damaging cell structure, including DNA.
Children face even greater danger from chemical exposure as a result of their immature bodies, including incompletely formed immune and detoxification systems. The child in the womb is the most at risk. A report recently released by the President’s Cancer Panel warns about exposures to chemicals during pregnancy. Harm has already occurred: childhood cancer, once a rarity, has leapt 67 percent over the past twenty years as chemical production escalated. I suspect that we’ll see a spike in similar statistics within the Gulf area in years to come.
Why aren’t federal agencies discussing this looming health disaster? They need to act swiftly in order to alert local authorities of ways to minimize exposure to residents. People who work with crude oil need to be given protective equipment. Special measures must be taken to protect those most at risk, specifically young children and pregnant women.
Our children’s bodies are already dangerously overloaded with toxic substances and far too many, one out of three, are suffering from chronic, sometimes deadly, illnesses as a result.
What will we learn from this disaster? When forming our nation’s future energy plan, we must consider the costs of childhood cancer, birth defects, asthma, dwindling male births, and other side effects stemming from chemical and industrial exposure. These are not simply so-called “externalities” that can be disregarded, but rather an integral and real part of our oil dependence. The BP disaster acts as the single-biggest wake-up call our country has seen in recent history, reinforcing that we must act now to phase out oil. We must do this not only for the long-term health of our economy and environment, but also to protect those most vulnerable, and most dear: our children.
Alice Shabecoff is the co-author with her husband Philip of the just-released book
Thank You National Apartment Association. I will do my best to get this very important information out ASAP to numerous owners, investors, huge property management companies (e.g., Riverstone Residential), attorneys, and judges, AND, of course, to the MANY people who are currently living in MOLD-INFESTED APARTMENT COMPLEXES right now! katy
Political Action Committee – National Apartment Association (NAA) files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.”
Sharon Noonan Kramer
Information about Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana allowing tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of toxins from molds by intentionally concealing evidence
Irrefutable evidence indicates that Riverstone Residential, Guarantee Service Team of Professionals, & plaintiffs’ attorney, J Arthur Smith III, must have agreed to exclude evidence that would have shown the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments & Riverstone Residential had knowledge of the severe MOLD INFESTATION at the complex before we moved in