Study finds 30 toxic chemicals at Exxon oil spill site in Arkansas

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An independent study co-published by the Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group and Global Community Monitor found a toxic chemical soup in the aftermath of the Exxon Mobil Pegasus pipeline oil spill. Steve Horn at Desmog Blog reports:

The chemicals found in the samples include benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, n-hexane, and xylenes. Breathing in both ethylbenzene and benzene can cause cancer and reproductive effects, while breathing in n-hexane can damage the nervous system and usher in numbness in the extremities, muscular weakness, blurred vision, headaches, and fatigue.

Previously, an independent chemist found benzene in the area and many residents have been suffering serious health problems since the spill.

With BP in the news for their lies about the safety of chemical dispersant used during the Gulf oil spill, it is hard not to think that Exxon is also lying to the public and their cleanup workers about the safety of the air and water poisoned by this spill. Hopefully an investigation will unveil the true damage caused by this spill and Exxon Mobil will be held accountable.

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