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If you live near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, think "house plants"
by Tony Isaacs
As if Louisiana and other gulf coast residents didn't already have enough to worry about from the catastrophic oil spill, new reports are indicating that the very air they breathe has become a health threat. Air quality samples have found levels of sulphur dioxide, benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) anywhere from 100 to 1000 times the maximum levels considered safe. One place Gulf Coast residents may look to find considerable relief from VOCs in their homes and offices is their local organic nurseries where they can find indoor plants that are proven natural toxin removers.
The Louisiana Environmental Action
Network (LEAN) recently evaluated
the EPA's air content and quality
testing results in Venice Beach,
Louisiana. LEAN found hydrogen
sulfide content of up to 1,192 parts
per billion. LEAN and other agencies
have also found extremely elevated
levels of other VOCs, most notably
cancer causing benzene. The highest
levels of benzene detected to date
were on April 30, at 3,084 ppb,
following by May 2, at 3,416 ppb.
Louisiana's ambient air standard for
the VOC benzene is 3.76 ppb.
Your hosts Tony Isaacs and Luella May
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