Oil Spills

Oil spills often happen because of accidents, when people make mistakes or equipment breaks down. Other causes include natural disasters or deliberate acts. Oil spills have major environmental and economic effects.

Oil spills can also affect human health. These effects can depend on what kind of oil was spilled and where (on land, in a river, or in the ocean). Other factors include what kind of exposure and how much exposure there was. People who clean up the spill are more at risk. Problems could include skin and eye irritation, neurologic and breathing problems, and stress. Not much is known about the long-term effects of oil spills.

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  1. Oil Spills (National Library of Medicine)  
    Oil spills often happen because of accidents, when people make mistakes or equipment breaks down. Other causes include natural disasters or deliberate acts. Oil spills have major environmental and economic effects. Oil spills ...
  2. Oil Spills (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  
    Oil Spills/Learn More ... Oil Spills ... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  3. GuLF Study: The Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier ...
  4. Hazardous Material/Waste From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    Hazardous wastes are discarded materials with properties that make them potentially harmful to human health or the environment. ... chemicals, heavy metals, ...
  5. Water Pollution From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    Water Pollution/Start Here ... Water Pollution ... Water is essential for life. People depend on safe water for their health and livelihood. But contaminated water ...
  6. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    ... FAN) Cross-divisional Group Global Environmental Health Gulf Oil Spill Response Efforts Inflammation Faculty NIH RADx Efforts at ...
  7. ... behind several large disasters including the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Poor sleep has ...
  8. Lung Diseases From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)  
    Lung Diseases/Statistics and Research ... Lung Diseases ... National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ... From the National Institutes of Health ... Lung disease ...
  9. Water (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)  
    Drinking Water/Start Here ... Drinking Water ... Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health
  10. Federal Emergency Management Agency (Federal Emergency Management Agency)  
    Oil Spills/Learn More ... Oil Spills
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