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Toxic chemicals found deep at BP oil spill site

From a November 2, 2010 Health Day news item (Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by Jerry Norton)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Toxic chemicals at levels high enough to kill sea animals extended deep underwater soon after the BP oil spill, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

They found evidence of the chemicals as deep as 3,300 feet and as far away as 8 miles in May, and said the spread likely worsened as more oil spilled.

The chemicals, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs, can kill animals right away in high enough concentrations and can cause cancer over time……..

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health, Health News Items | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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