Still no medical monitoring. Still no inhalation studies. Voting matters. Advocacy matters. People have to take an interest in what is happening in their communities. We need clear guidance and leadership on issues of public health and safety. Stay tuned for more on this topic.
“Federal officials abandoned a plan in the immediate aftermath of the spill to come up with a limit for how much MCHM was safe in the air, no air sampling was done in homes or public buildings, and follow-up research has warned residents could have been exposed to dangerous levels of chemicals during flushing procedures. The most common problems reported after the spill were rashes, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and the most common way injured residents were exposed to the chemical was through skin contact while bathing, showering or washing hands — routes not considered the government’s screening level during the crisis or studied by federal officials since the incident.
During a Wednesday meeting of the state Public Water Supply System Study Commission, Barbara Taylor, a deputy commissioner at the state Bureau for Public Health, summarized previous National Toxicology Program studies for the commission members, but indicated the most recent results were those made public in mid-June. Taylor and Bureau for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Rahul Gupta said after the meeting that they did not know that the July and August updated had been posted online. Gupta said his agency would review the results and discuss them with federal officials.”