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Health Impacts Associated with Dispersants and Louisiana Sweet Crude

Post: June 14 2010 in: BP Oil Spill
Nalco CorexitHealth Impacts Associated with the Dispersants Corexit 9500 and 9527 Being Used by BP and Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil Flowing from the Deepwater Horizon Wellhead

In order to inform community members in the areas of impact of the BP Crude Oil Disaster and fishermen and workers performing crude oil containment and cleanup activities, the health impacts associated with the dispersants and the crude oil have been compiled by our chemist Wilma Subra.

Health Impacts from Corexit Dispersants

Health Impacts from Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil


Human Health Impacts Associated with the Dispersants Corexit 9500 and 9527

BP has used and continues to use the dispersants Corexit 9500 and 9527 (1,100,000 gallons to date) to disperse the crude oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and disperse the crude oil near the wellhead 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.  The dispersants have the ability to increase chemical uptake in humans.

Pathways of Exposure

Inhalation
Ingestion
Dermal (Skin) Contact
Eye Contact

Health Impacts from Corexit Dispersants

Headaches
Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Abdominal Pains
Dizziness
Chest Pains and Tightness
Eye, Nose, Throat and Lung Irritation
Decreased Lung Function
Difficulty Breathing
Respiratory System Damage
Rapid Breathing
Asthma Attacks
Allergic Reactions
Skin Irritation, Damage, and Sensitization
Hypertension
Damage to Liver and Kidneys
Central Nervous System Depression
Neurotoxic Effects
Damage to Red Blood Cells
Genetic Damage and Mutations
Reproductive and Developmental Damage
Immune System Damage
Cardiac Arrhythmia
Cardiovascular Damage
Increased Severity of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


Human Health Impacts Associated with Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil

Pathways of Exposure

Inhalation
Ingestion
Dermal (Skin) Absorption
Eye and Skin Contact


Health Impacts from Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil

Absorbs through skin, lungs and digestive system
Headaches
Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Dizziness
Confusion
Loss of Balance
Eye, Nose, Throat and Lung Irritation
Difficulty Breathing
Respiratory Impacts
Chemical Pneumonia
Skin Irritation and Damage
Damage to Liver, Lungs, Kidneys and Respiratory System
Central Nervous System Effects
Neurological Damage
Blood Disorders
Blood Cancer - Leukemia
Aplastic Anemia
Mutations and Birth Defects
Infertility
Immune System Damage and Suppression
Cardiovascular System Stress
Gastrointestinal Disturbance
Endocrine Disruption
Hormone Level Disruption
Immune System Damage
Nervous System Damage

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