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Friday, October 07, 2005

Independent Testing Shows High Contamination in New Orleans

This story is very worrisome. Despite continuing to offer assuring words about the health threat in New Orleans by Ray Nagin, his agencies, and sometimes the EPA, independent testing in New Orleans shows returning to the city for longterm exposure could be deadly.

Even as Ray Nagin told residents yesterday to come on home and drink up, according to The Advocate, "Wilma Subra, a New Iberia chemist overseeing the sampling project, said the results show that officials should not be allowing residents back home."

Additionally, says the report, Subra said the results mean residents could face both short-term and long-term health risks, which could include "respiratory problems, asthma, skin rashes and damage to internal organs -- and, potentially, cancer over the long-term."

Couple this news with the shocking Salon story yesterday, and warnings issued by the NRDC as well, and you can see that returning to New Orleans could be extremely dangerous.

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I'd be interested to know how this affects the city area by area... Does this mean that ALL people returning to NOLA are in danger? Is this limited to the areas, such as the 9th,that were almost completely destroyed?

How does this affect the large numbers of people who have returned to (or never left)the quarter?

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