onearth.org / A piece for OnEarth Magazine.
The damage inflicted by the BP oil spill on the natural environment in the Gulf Coast region is plainly visible, but what's not as apparent is the potential damage the spill poses to human health. Community members are worried about the fumes they smell in their neighborhoods. Clean-up workers are concerned about spending long hours working close to the oil without what they consider adequate protective gear. And although the government is monitoring the region's air quality, many Gulf residents are left wondering what the long-term health implications will be for themselves and their families.
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