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Toxic oil, tar continue to wash ashore in Alabama years after BP oil spill

Tests conducted on the chunks of tar that continue to wash up along Alabama’s shoreline contain exactly the same chemical fingerprint as oil from BP’s massive 2010 oil spill, meaning the oily matter originates from the blown-out Macondo well that fed the Deepwater Horizon rig before it exploded and sank. As if that weren’t bad enough, scientific analyses have found all this tar is still loaded with highly toxic cancer-causing contaminants more than three years later. Reporters from Montgomery’s WSFA-TV 12 took a short walk on Orange Beach in March and collected two pounds of tar they found there. They then took ... Read More

National Whistleblower Tour kicks off at Auburn University Jan. 31

Auburn University will be the first stop on a national “whistleblower tour” presented by the Government Accountability Project (GAP), a program designed to boost awareness about the importance of whistleblowing and ethical decision making in American democracy. Co-sponsored by Auburn’s School of Accountancy, The America Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lowder Hall, room 113-A. The program includes two prominent whistleblowers whose work had vital, far-reaching implications for the entire country. Few whistleblower cases demonstrate the importance of holding wrongdoers and government regulators accountable than Frank Casey, one ... Read More

Louisiana officials find BP’s post-Isaac cleanup response inadequate

Louisiana state officials are clashing with the U.S. Coast Guard’s top ranks over BP’s cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, which blew across Louisiana during the last week of August and produced a giant storm surge that churned up submerged oil and tar from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. According to the Times-Picayune, Garret Graves, chairman of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, failed to gain assurances from Coast Guard Captain Duke Walker that the search for oil dredged up by Isaac would be expanded beyond locations other than those the state or general public reported. BP and ... Read More

Oil washed up by Hurricane Isaac is from BP spill, researchers find

Oil and tar dredged up and deposited along Louisiana’s shoreline by Hurricane Isaac is from BP’s Macondo well, scientific testing has confirmed. Reappearance of tar leftover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill could be a recurring sight along the Gulf Coast for years to come, scientists say. Earlier this week, Louisiana officials restricted fishing in a large swath of the Gulf, encompassing about 13 miles of coastline and about one mile offshore. Federal and state health officials also warned coastal residents to avoid contact with oil, tar, and oily debris they find and report the substances to the appropriate ... Read More

Auburn University now the headquarters for FDA’s food-safety training program

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has chosen Auburn University as headquarters for a national food-safety training program established under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act, which was  signed into law in January 2011. Auburn will receive $6.5 million in federal funds to support the five-year program, which aims to standardize training and establish certifications for food inspectors at all levels. Ultimately, the program aims to reduce the number of food contamination incidents in the U.S., which sicken 76 million people each year and kill an estimated 5,000. About 300,000 people are hospitalized from food-borne illness every year, according ... Read More

BP oil spill may have triggered deadliest year for raw oyster consumption

2010 was one of the deadliest years ever recorded for consuming raw Gulf of Mexico oysters due to steeply elevated levels of the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria that occurred in the months during and after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The number of illnesses and deaths traced to the consumption of raw oysters in 2010 was especially alarming, given that Gulf oyster harvests dropped by 40 percent that year. A new analysis of scientific reports conducted by the Mobile Press-Register found that Vibrio vulnificus, a waterborne bacteria related to cholera, was hundreds of times more abundant in the Gulf of Mexico ... Read More

Dispersants used to fight BP oil spill damaged marine food chain, study finds

Alabama researchers studying the impact oil dispersants used to break up oil from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill have found that the chemicals and the way in which they were used may have devastated the food chain in certain parts of the Gulf of Mexico. The study, published Tuesday in the scientific journal PLoS ONE and praised by peers for its scope and accuracy, simulated the effects of pollutants on phytoplankton and ciliates by pumping water from Mobile Bay into large drums. Researchers then added oil, chemical dispersants, and a combination of both oil and dispersants to the water samples ... Read More

Gulf fishermen say 2012 season is off to a bad start, most blame BP oil spill

Fishing yields are on the rise in some parts of the Gulf Coast hit hard by BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but for fishermen who make their living from the famously rich estuaries in Barataria, Lousiana, the catches are frighteningly low. Before the BP oil spill in 2010, May meant money for fishermen plying the waters of Barataria, situated about 15 miles south of New Orleans. This year’s harvest, however, is turning out to be as gloomy as last year, when seafood harvests hit their lowest levels ever. According to catch data obtained by the Associated Press, the number of ... Read More

Police say shifting load caused Opelika, Alabama truck crash

A crash involving two tractor trailers left wreckage and debris strewn across I-85 near Opelika, Alabama, Wednesday morning, creating a traffic nightmare for travelers and residents in the Auburn/Opelika area. According to WSFA in Montgomery, Ala., the crash occurred just before 8 a.m. and still had traffic heavily backed up at evening rush hour. The Opelika-Auburn news reported that one of the truck drivers was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and later released. No other motorists in the vicinity of the crash were harmed. Authorities investigating the accident say that one of the ... Read More

Traumatic Brain Injury: A parent’s perspective

My name is Carol Stanley and my son Jason, is a college student and a TBI survivor. I am going share our story and journey about TBI from a parent’s point view. January of 2007 Jason, a student at Auburn University, was physically assaulted by three other men just off campus. The attack left Jason with a traumatic brain injury . The three young men who assaulted Jason caused him to fall backward and hit his head on the concrete pavement, knocking him unconscious, as they continued to kick and beat a Jason about the face and head. Emergency medical ... Read More