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Rep. Maloney calls for “active surveillance” of Gulf Health

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:44 pm    Post subject: Rep. Maloney calls for “active surveillance” of Gulf Health
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June 18, 2010 Jon Houston, 202-225-7944

Rep. Maloney calls for active surveillance of Gulf oil recovery workers health

-- Voice of experience in Ground Zero workers health aftermath

advises Cleanup Czar: listen to recovery workers symptoms and track their health --

WASHINGTON, DC On a day when new reports have surfaced about methane being contained in the oil now hitting the Gulf Coast, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today called for active surveillance of the health of every worker coming into contact with that oil. Maloneys longtime work in obtaining a health monitoring program for first responders and residents near Ground Zero informed two letters she sent today to the Coast Guard official responsible for the oil spill cleanup, Admiral Thad Allen, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

According to press accounts, a number of cleanup responders on the Gulf Coast have been reporting vomiting, nausea, headaches and dizziness, Rep. Maloney wrote. this sounds eerily to me like the weeks and months following 9/11, when first responders started to report illnesses

Whats more, from press reports from the Gulf Coast, it appears that the federal government is playing a passive role in protecting workers and the public health Looking back to 9/11, we now know that the federal government should have been medically monitoring workers at the World Trade Center site from early on.

We can hardly rely on BP to determine the true health effects, and state and local governments, while important in the process, do not have the capacity to coordinate among many agencies and authorities that would be involved.

I urge the federal government to ensure that every effort is taken to protect workers and the public and to also conduct an aggressive, comprehensive surveillance and medical monitoring system to identify immediate and long-term health effects of the BP spill for the years to come, Maloney concluded.


Complete text of the letters are here (PDF ).

Allen: http://maloney.house.gov/documents/911recovery/20100618_ltrtoAdmiralAllen.pdf

Sebelius: http://maloney.house.gov/documents/911recovery/20100618_ltrtoSebelius.pdf

AP story on methane is here: Gulf Oil Full of Methane, Adding New Concerns

(http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=10948553 )


On May 25th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved, with bipartisan support, Maloneys James Zadroga 9/11 Health Compensation Act (HR 847), which would fund treatment of people who suffered health problems after working at the site of the collapsed World Trade Center or living or working nearby.

On June 29, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the Senate companion to HR 847, S. 1334, sponsored by Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, it was announced today.

Last week, Rep. Maloney made two statements on the House floor about the BP spill

(click here:

http://www.youtube.com/v/IvbWNlYWeU0&hl=en_US&fs=1& )

and the health of the recovery workers in the Gulf

(click here:

http://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=2120&Itemid=61 ).

For complete details and documents on The James Zadroga 9/11 Health Compensation Act visit http://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=com_issues&task=view_issue&issue=22&Itemid=35
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