ExxonMobil insists the air in the area just outside the epicenter of its Mayflower, Arkansas, pipeline breach is safe to breathe. Public health advocates, however, warn that even very low levels of fumes from the oil spill can affect populations who are more vulnerable than Exxon’s average oil spill cleanup worker, for whom the air quality tests are set. And indeed a number of elderly people, children, and those with respiratory ailments are becoming ill from the ever-present petrochemical stench that has settled in their town. Huffington Post reports that eight children from a Mayflower elementary school were sent home ... Read More
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