Posted on April 30, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Research show that carcinogenic oil-related PAH compounds are easily absorbed through skin
A beach along Cape San Blas, Florida, where researchers sampled the swash zone for contaminated weathered tar product mixed with dispersant. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
New research in Florida shows contaminated oil product accumulating in the swash zone of Gulf beaches. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, beaches along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline are far from being clean, says University of South Florida researcher James “Rip” Kirby, who recently documented accumulations of remnant oil with “scary high” concentrations of carcinogenic oil-related compounds. Download the full report or a summary at the Surfrider website.
In fact, the weathered tar product from crude oil dispersed with Corexit were found to have PAH concentrations consistently in excess of limits set to identify danger to life and health — IDHL limits, as defined by NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration.
In all, 32 sites were sampled; only three were free of PAH contamination. Samples at 26 of the sites exceeded the IDHL limits. Testing was done at beaches between Waveland, Miss. and Cape San Blas, Fla. (more…)
Filed under: BP Gulf oil spill, Environment, Marine biology, water | Tagged: Corexit, Deepwater horizon oil spill, oil pollution Gulf beaches, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, Surfrider Foundation, University of South Florida | 4 Comments »
Posted on February 6, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
EPA grants to help states monitor and report conditions
EPA grants to help with beach monitoring.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —A new round of EPA grants totaling almost $10 million will help states monitor and assess the state of their beaches — something that’s sorely needed, according to the Surfrider Foundation’s State of the Beach report findings, which explains the challenges of tracking the condition of beaches around the country.
The EPA is also launching the new BEACON website to provide timely information on beach conditions, advisories and closures.
Inconsistencies in testing, closure and advisory standards, notification procedures and even the terminology used in regulations varies from state to state, creating a confusing picture for consumers. The federal BEACH Act was aimed at elimination some of the inconsistencies, but it will take time for jurisdictions to get on the same page. (more…)
Filed under: Environment, Summit County news, water | Tagged: beach closures, beach pollution, Environment, EPA, NRDC Testing the Waters, oceans, pollution, Surfrider Foundation | 1 Comment »