TV News LIES

Friday, Jul 31st

Last update03:10:47 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Experts: BP's plan to protect spill workers inadequate

Experts: BP's plan to protect spill workers inadequate

E-mail Print PDF

Experts: BP's plan to protect spill workers inadequateBP's plan to protect workers fighting the massive oil spill in the Gulf, which the Coast Guard approved on May 25, exposes them to higher levels of toxic chemicals than generally accepted practices permit.

As a result, BP isn't required to give workers respirators, to evacuate them from danger zones, or to take other precautions until conditions are more dangerous. The looser standards are due in part to federal regulations that don't specify safety thresholds for volatile organic compounds, or VOCs — the principal toxins that threaten the health of spill response workers, experts said.

BP's plan also fails to address the use of more than 1 million gallons of dispersants so far in the cleanup.

"This plan is not workable and offers a false sense of security," said Eileen Senn, a former state and federal health and safety official for more than 40 years. "It gives the impression that you can write a procedure to dodge chemical bullets that are coming at you constantly."

Critics are questioning the quality of the company's plan as a growing number of oil spill workers are becoming sick. The illnesses have sparked a debate about whether the Obama administration should be pushing BP to take more stringent precautions or even wrest control of the company's health and safety response.

More than 24,400 people are working on the response to the spill. Of the 50 workers who have reported becoming ill in Louisiana, most of their symptoms cleared up quickly, but a majority of the workers think the dispersants were to blame.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Gasland Video of the Week: Earth Speaks, Fracking on Tribal Land

Blackfeet NationThere are many ways to look at the destruction fracking is causing. Often we focus on...

13 Climbers Suspended From Bridge Blocking Shell Oil Vessel From Heading to Arctic

Bridgehanging protestersThirteen Greenpeace climbers remain suspended below the St. John’s Bridge, blocking the Shell Oil vessel‘s route...

Greenpeace protest: Controversial ship Fennica moves through protesters on St. Johns Bridge

Greenpeace protestAfter more than six hours of relative quiet, boats manned by Coast Guard officers and Portland-area...

3-hour Canadian tornado likely one of world's longest

Canada tornadoThe massive tornado that roared across the Canadian province of Manitoba late Monday was on the...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!