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What was learned from the Exxon Valdez spill?

Lack of health data on Exxon Valdez cleanup workers a problem. McClatchy (6/30, Hopkins) reports that the "lack of published, peer-reviewed study of the Exxon Valdez cleanup workers has made protecting the growing number workers in the Gulf of Mexico all the more difficult and has Alaska watchdogs warning that BP and government regulators are repeating mistakes that made people sick a generation ago." Critics "have questioned whether the Obama administration has left too many decisions about the health and safety of the oil spill workers to BP's discretion as a growing number of workers complain about exposure to toxins." Basic "worker health information could also play a role in future court cases against BP." The "lack of independent proof, including a proper study of workers' health that could show the employees got sick directly because of the spill, scuttled" a lawsuit related to the Valdez spill.

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