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Study suggests chemical used in BP oil spill cleanup capable of injuring people and wildlife

from The Washington Post

When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, the immediate victims were clear enough. Eleven employees died in the blaze. There was also the ocean itself, suddenly covered in approximately three million barrels of crude. Birds of the sea became fatally entangled in oil scum. Dead fish floated to the surface. Dolphin populations declined. But the BP oil disaster also took another, slower toll. Thousands of men and women who had helped clean up the spill gradually became ill. Lungs began to burn. Skin began to blister. Nearly five years after the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, a new study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that an oil dispersant widely used during the cleanup of the BP disaster is capable of causing damage to humans and marine animals alike. more

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