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Feds: Spilled-oil burns posed little health risk

4 years ago November 12, 2010 Nov 12, 2010 Friday, November 12 2010 Friday, November 12, 2010 11:32:20 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Federal scientists say burning oil to clean up the massive Gulf spill released small amounts of toxins, but not enough to pose an added cancer risk to workers and coastal
residents.

The U.S. Coast Guard set 411 fires from late April to mid-July, burning off as much as 13 million gallons of oil from BP's blown-out well that otherwise might have reached the shore.

The well, before being capped, released more than 200 million gallons of oil.

Research released Friday by the EPA found concentrations of cancer-causing dioxins in 27 smoke plumes similar to those created by woodstoves or forest fires.

A second team concluded that there was only a small added risk of cancer to people breathing polluted air or eating tainted fish.

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