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    Distilled (since it's an o-chem diary) essence of the report is. . .

    The most recent data available from EPA’s monitors in Pensacola and Panama City from shows values of VOC’s well below levels of concern for public health. The most recent semi-volatile data available from EPA’s monitors in Pensacola and Panama City from June 28 shows no significant issues at this time. The EPA data from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are also reviewed daily by DEP staff and the values are well below levels of concern for public health.

    Measuring benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, m,p-xylene and o-xylene.  As they say,

    The chemicals on this table are among the most toxic compounds that would be found in the air near the oil.

    All material taken from FL DEP site, which includes good FAQ section, including some remarks about dispersants.  Their measurements concur with those of the EPA -- no significant issues; measures below benchmarks.

    "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

    by Limelite on Thu Jul 08, 2010 at 06:11:15 PM PDT

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