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Experts downgrade oil spill toxicity in Guimaras to ‘low-risk’

February 19, 2007

By Maricar M. Calubiran
The News Today, Feb. 16, 2007

IT does not matter if the island-province of Guimaras was not issued a “clean bill of health,” what is important is, it now has a “low risk level” of toxicity, according to experts.

The National Poison Management and Control Center pointed this out in a media briefing yesterday on the status of health-related problems in the island-province relative to the oil spill disaster which occurred six months ago.

Dr. Lynn Panganiban of the National Poison Center and Occupational Safety Hazards explained there is no such thing as a “clean bill of health.” But she said the toxicity level brought about by hydrogen sulfide and other volatile organic compounds specifically in areas worst hit by the oil spill have already dropped.

Panganiban said they conducted their study of the oil-hit areas last September. The results of the study were released Thursday.

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