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BP oil spill may have caused depression in clean-up crew
Four years after the BP oil spill, a researcher says clean-up workers may be more likely to suffer from depression.
Reporter David Hammer has more on a major health study and the seafood community's lingering concerns.
BP says it worked closely with federal agencies to - quote - "take extraordinary measures to safeguard the health and safety of responders."
Louisiana Shrimp Association President Clint Guidry doesn't believe it.
"BP had its own safety people, its own air quality monitors and even the Federal Government, EPA, Lisa Jackson, had monitors in venice and different areas and said the levels weren't high enough to warrant respiratory protection."
A national institutes of health study is beginning to track people who have reported sudden respiratory and skin conditions since the spill, as well as the increased anxiety reflected in previous disaster impact studies.
"We have a team of scientists pulling together all of the information that was collected on what exposures might have been to people with different jobs, in different areas, and bringing into this the environmental measurements, the air pollution data, and trying to come up with comprehensive estimates of exposure to oil or dispersants."
The study tracks 33,000 people who were exposed to some of the 200 million gallons of oil BP spilled and the 2 million gallons of corexit chemical they sprayed to get rid of it.
And BP is finally ready to start paying out up to 60,000 dollars for medical claims under a court settlement. But again, Guidry thinks it whitewashes the true extent of people's suffering.
"It's not quick enough. In the future when this happens, all those programs should be put in place up front, instead of waiting four years."