Kalamazoo Residents suffer health problems
Immediately following the spill, people living near Talmadge creek and the Kalamazoo River started reporting “strong, noxious odors and associated health symptoms” to their local public health departments. air-quality monitoring found elevated levels of benzene at multiple locations along the river during the first week after the spill. For several weeks residents were not informed that the oil spilled was actually diluted bitumen.
According to a 2010 report by the Michigan Department of community health, between July 26 and September 4, health care providers identified 145 patients who had reported illness or symptoms associated with exposure to the oil spill. one patient exhibited eight related symptoms and was classified by medical personnel as having “major” effects (defined here as symptoms that can cause disability or are life- threatening). In addition, the Michigan Department of community health and the Calhoun county Public health Department conducted a door-to-door survey, which included 550 people from four communities and one workplace along the river. Fifty-eight percent of the people included in the survey reported adverse health effects. The most common symptoms reported in the surveys and in hospital visits included headaches, respiratory problems, and nausea.
- This is a link to most of the older studies on health impacts from oil spills.
"Health problems among cleaning staffFive years later after the cleaning activities, a study found that people participating in the cleaning activities, many of them volunteers, suffered several health problems, such as pulmonary, cardiovascular, and chromosomal diseases. This was found among a study of 800 involved Spanish Navy personnel."
- After more than a decade we learn "The Spanish study said "those who participated in the clean-up had a higher prevalence of respiratory symptoms, higher levels of markers suggestive of airway injury in exhaled breath condensate, and chromosomal alterations in lymphocytes compared with those who did not participate in clean-up activities."
It said "chromosomal damage in circulating lymphocytes is an early marker of genotoxicity associated with increased risk for cancer."
It concluded that "participation in clean-up of a major oil spill seemed to have adverse health effects."
But it warned that "the study does not prove that oil exposure caused the abnormalities."
- Based on nearly 1500 surveys over 5 months, A little over 40% of parents in these high-impact communities reported some type of health effect experienced by their children since the oil spill. 18.1% of the parents said their children had experienced breathing problems after the oil spill, 14.8% noted skin problems, 16.0% reported visual problems and 21.6% mentioned emotional or behavioral problems since the oil spill. Arkansas, This is what EXXON doesn't want you to know now.