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  •  Hiyers folks (5+ / 0-)

    I've been away but not completely idle on the Gulf issues.

    The latest NRDA self-congratulatory announcement raises some questions for which I have yet to receive answers:

    In most large oil spill cases, the total samples collected from the field number in the hundreds.

    As of Nov. 15, 2010, NRDA teams had collected 29,599 environmental samples for analysis.

    Our laboratories have conducted 37,183 NRDA analyses on these samples.

    More than 8,000 analyses have been validated and made available to the public.

    The almost 30,000 total samples include those collected by 83 offshore research cruises NOAA either has conducted or under way, and include:

    • 17,026 water samples
    • 3,806 sediment samples
    • 5,007 tissue samples
    • 1,917 tarball samples

    Yeah, they're ostensibly busy. But 8,000 analyses validated and made public -- out of over 37,000 conducted.

    The obvious questions are whether the results are invalid for some reason or whether they are not publicly available for some other reason (evidence rules?).

    NRDA spokespersons are so far silent on the issue but I haven't given them enough time for me to be able to state that they're stonewalling.

    "If we want to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, we need to reduce the number of our senators dependent on fossil fuel contributions." - Rodney Glassman

    by Darryl House on Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 03:06:22 PM PST

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