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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

AP: Confusion on when New Orleans will be safe

The moral of this AP story is that because testing is so flawed and incomplete, no one knows how bad the environmental impact has been in New Orleans, or how long it will take to clean up.

Opinions in the story range from:

"It [the environmental damage] could indeed redraw the map of New Orleans..."

to

"I expect there is a good chance that much of New Orleans will be able to return largely unscathed from long-term chemical contamination..."

In the end, the only way to guarantee the damage is minimal is to do proper testing and a complete, thorough, and professional cleanup where needed.


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