Alabama Environmental Dangers

Study Seeks BP Oil Spill Cleanup Participants

by Staff Blogger | October 9th, 2012

Oct. 9, 2012

Officials with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have stated that anyone who helped in the BP oil spill cleanup several years ago has until Dec. 31, 2012, to participate in a study gauging its health impact. An article from Al.com says the study will be the largest of its kind in history.

Approximately 35,000-40,000 individuals, whose role in the cleanup ranged from a day on the beach to weeks of spreading Corexit on the water, are expected to take part in the study. Researchers say the aim of the study is to determine if exposure to oil or chemicals during the cleanup process are potentially responsible for a Birmingham environmental injury or other health conditions.

These patients will have their physical and mental health monitored over a period of as much as 10-years to determine if cleanup of the oil spill can be linked to any emerging health conditions.

Subjects who are selected to take part will be subject to collection of blood, urine, hair, and toenail clippings. They are also expected to supply a sample of dust from the home as well as physical measurements like blood pressure.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would encourage anyone who took part in the cleanup of the BP oil spill to look into participating in the research, as it could potentially save lives.

Brown Ferry Nuclear Power Plant Fined for Safety Violations

by Staff Blogger | August 14th, 2012

Aug. 14, 2012

The citizens of northern Alabama and the surrounding area are concerned after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) cited the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for safety violations at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant near Athens. FOX 6 News reports the violation came after the power plant staff was unable to perform a safe emergency shutdown of the facility.

The NRC found that staff had not received adequate training in new procedures to perform a shutdown correctly, which could result in possible serious Alabama environmental injury to nearby citizens in the event of an emergency.

The violation comes about a year after the facility was cited by inspectors for a failed cooling valve to one of the reactors used to keep the tower from overheating in the event of an accident. The valve failure was caused by a manufacturing defect that went undetected.

The valve failure was the fifth serious infraction for the facility since 2001, while the most recent infraction for inability to shut down the reactors was less severe and listed as a “white” finding on the color-coded levels of severity.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would encourage anyone who was ben negatively affected by exposure to toxins in their environment to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss possible legal options.