January 22, 2014

Gulf of Mexico fish caught after the Deepwater Horizon disaster are safe to eat

Fish caught in the open fishing regions in the Gulf of Mexico are safe to eat following the BP oil spill in 2010. Writing in Environmental Science and Technology, Timothy Gerald from the Environmental Defense Fund and Julia Gohlke from the University of Alabama at Birmingham reported that only two samples from 92 tested had PAH levels above the detection limit in GC/MS tests. The measured ratios of particular PAHs suggested they did not come from oil but were derived from the combustion of hydrocarbons.
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