Someone with CFS noticed that I shared about 2-butoxyethanol a lot & that I learned about it from the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup.

      They asked, “Were you actually at the Valdez spill?”

"No, not I," however .... I developed an interest in field starting when an 18 year old family member worked as a 'bioremediation worker' on the Exxon Valdez oil spill became ill. He took a job there to earn money to go to college. I found other spill workers that were sick. I developed a feeling that the illnesses were caused by the chemicals used to clean the oil. The only chemical mentioned then was 2-butoxyethanol (ethylene glycol monobutyl ether)

My study started in earnest June, 2002 after he had been diagnosed with a low red blood cell anemia, but the doctor was stumped as to the cause: he had a colonoscopy to check for internal bleeding. They did a bone marrow test; a lymph node biopsy as his lymph nodes were swollen throughout his body. Nothing was seeming to be the cause.

As you look at the symptoms of the oil clean up workers; you discovered that they were similar to 'Gulf War Syndrome.' You asked yourself the question could there be an active chemical in the oil cleanup chemicals that was also used in the Gulf War? I explored how each oil spill was cleaned up in 1989 vs 1991. Actually, the symptoms and definitions for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome are also strikingly similar

I felt that should be studied by professional staff but I was largely ignored. I also began to develop questions about the safety of ordinary household cleaners, since Exxon said Inipol EAP 22 had the same chemical as in these. Intro

I am just an ordinary person in a remote area of Alaska whose relative got sick and I am asking the question why? I have done no scientific research of my own, but have looked at studies done by others. I pass on what I have found as a service to others. It is up to them whether they reach the same conclusions I did. I am not trying to sell anything. It is as simple as that.

I hope that others will not be harmed by this chemical, as many of the tests just to see what is wrong, (when doctors don't know) can be painful, expensive, and many times unnecessary (?)

Now how can you tell if you ARE harmed by this 2-butoxethanol? Well, there are a lot of odd add on symptoms, however, I theorize that the blood will all look alike. Do you have acquired autoimmune hemolytic anemia? That should start right away & last, regardless of the symptoms piled on top of it. That's my theory ... and it is provable. Track the retic rate and red blood counts over time. Are your red blood cells immature? Have you had trace blood in urine? These should be the 'clues' This is the fatigue that shows up differently than doctors expect. (Not in hemoglobin or hematocrit until a LONG time later) Too many immature red blood cells and other tests are off, like liver, for example.

Will there be a study of the Exxon Valdez oil spill workers ... asks a worker?



If you haven't guessed it by now, I do web pages for a hobby.
There's a surprise under the photo

I post in other forums as either Dear Maggie, or "mother margaret'

Swanee2 by the Piano Dude - OK to put on my website says arranger, Michael Simmons  He also did an EVOS web movie & other music ... such as on this webpage  Another little tune: Stairway

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Another commented, "I sure would like to know more about the Exxon Valdez oil spill."  

"A researcher * was also amazed bacteria had not broken down the oil."   *.

Next time, don't let Exxon run the show *

"I am amazed that a Biochemist did not (apparently) have the opportunity of evaluating your Inipol product, before approving  it for general use."  - field & lab tested simultaneously *

 "In regard to C:N:P:S ratios, these are not appropriate.  Further there are molecular "Keys", catalysts, micro nutrients to be considered as well.  

Surely, almost any Biochemist/Bacteriologist would know that" - per a Specialist in the bioremediation field.

and the like  A new book has just come out also

Someone asked, What would you do if there were another oil spill?

Regarding the Exxon Valdez oil spill ... First thing - Ship should not have gone back and forth on the rock - Cutting a deeper gash in the boat

2nd - that not done - they should have burned the ship with the oil in it

But, the oil companies would never have done that

Boom around the ship & start removing the oil from the ship; and then Do nothing!  Many believe that the winter storms did more to cleanup the oil, than anything else that was tried Some favorite quotes and news articles on the topic

Best thing, next time around ... don't let Exxon 'run the show'

But I'm afraid Exxon is still running the show.

Others look to what happened in Prince William Sound ... & are doing it again - Like Austrailia - Like Karachi - Like plans in the future for Corexit to be warehoused in Cordova

I don't really know

But there are no answers yet on what happened to the people - or the environment, either (though the environment is what has been most studied)

I suspect Riki Ott, PhD has some suggestions in her book

Read this 1-31-05 book review & add your comments *

More on the 'experiment' of bioremediation

& what Exxon had to say about it


(I typed every word of this & made the web page)


More on the people:
www.valdezlink.com/corexit/pages/wrong.htm

www.valdezlink.com/inipol/pages/worker.htm
www.valdezlink.com/inipol/pages/workers.htm

& the neurotoxicity of solvents, in general
www.valdezlink.com/inipol/pages/neurotoxicity.htm

 

anyway, if you put in 

Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup workers chemicals
into your favorite search engine, see what comes up

This is what I found:

1. The Seattle Press On Line - Exxon Damage Award Thrown Out While ...
... spill, in which 11 million gallons of oil spilled into Prince ... harmed by the same type of chemicals that harmed the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup workers. ... http://www.seattlepress.com/article-9330.html (I have 3 replies to this)

2. All Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup Workers Sought - Bioremediation ...
... 11,000 people worked on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup. Where are they now? EVOS Photo Story. ... How to check your health - harm from cleanup chemicals? ...
http://www.valdezlink.com/home.htm


3. Looking for input from the Gulf War Vets, the Exxon Valdez oil ...
... US Coast Guard and US Navy are part of the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup workers, as well. ... I'm afraid we will learn that the cleanup chemicals were worse than ...
gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum9/HTML/000002.html site down 2005

6. Exxon Valdez - Legacy of a Spill
... adn.com/evos/ http://www.adn.com/evos/evos.html. ... from only 17 people in the Valdez area that ... Gould's contention was contradicted by internal Exxon reports that ...
http://www.adn.com/evos/stories/T99032316.html

7. Exxon Valdez - Legacy of a Spill
... is laying off employees, among them five emergency oil spill workers in Valdez. ... The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill was not the most egregious accident to ...
http://www.adn.com/evos/evos.html


8. An Ecosystem in Transition
... The images of heavily oiled shorelines, dead and ... have changed our thinking about spill response. ... The remaining Exxon Valdez oil ranges from very weathered to ...
http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/bat/about.html

9. EVOS-Oil Spill Facts-Q & A
... How was the spill cleaned up? ... beaches were cleaned and some beaches remain oiled today ... read the chapter on Technology in The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Final Report ... www.evostc.state.ak.us/facts/qanda.html

10. Summary of Discussion choices: Gulf War Vets Discussion Forum -
Welcome, Margaret! 2 - Looking for input from the Gulf War Vets, the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup workers posted December 01, 2003
http://www.valdezlink.com/gwv/1-5.htm

11. Some Things You Might Want to Know about the People and Conditions of the Exxon Va...
Valdez, Alaska - People - 1989. 11,000 EVOS Workers. We're Looking for You! 2-butoxyethanol MSDS. Worked with Oil. Who Worked with the 10 Experimental Chemicals? Worked with Inipol EAP 22 ....
http://www.valdezlink.com/workers_etc.htm

12. Gulf War Syndrome-Iraq and Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup Workers?
...or contact those who are learning about what happened ... to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup workers! Let's hope for more!
http://www.valdezlink.com/gwv/wondering.htm

13. Exxon Oil Spill's Cleanup Crews Share Years of Illness
... VALDEZ, Alaska -- The toll of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill is a ... like that I ever worked on was the oil spill.". ... with oil while he was steam-cleaning oil tanks ...
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/1105-04.htm

14. Looking for input from the Gulf War Vets, the Exxon Valdez oil spill
...next newest topic | next oldest topic. Author Topic: Looking for input from the Gulf War Vets, the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup workers...

15. All Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup Workers Sought - Bioremediation Workers, Boatsm...
Introduction. information gathered... as a service to others... "It hasn't been easy to find what was in the chemicals used during the. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup. It seemed important t...
http://www.valdezlink.com/evos/intro.htm

16. Valdez Exxon Veco Oil Spill Clean Up - inipol Bioremediation Workers
Locating workers exposed to Inipol EAP22 during Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup on crew for VECO... (There were approx 1,000 bioremediation workers)
http://www.valdezlink.com/inipol

17. Experience with Chemicals of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup when on FOSS housing b...
- after it was experimentally 'tried' during the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup? I was visiting yesterday with a Valdez woman ... I had talked with her last year about oil spill cleanup...
http://www.valdezlink.com/evos/valdezgrandma.htm

18. peopleandplanet.net > health and pollution > features > 15 years ...
... Exxon's cleanup was "an occupational health disaster," Ott said. ... 11,000 workers helped clean up the Valdez oil - a new ... with high exposure to oil, solvents and ...
http://www.peopleandplanet.net/doc.php?id=2189

19. Chemicals in Inipol EAP22 & Allowable Exposures
Contact * regarding Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup Workers. Partial Website Table of Contents. Worker Survey. N...
http://www.valdezlink.com/inipol/pages/exposures.htm

20. Brockovich investigating health claims of Exxon Valdez spill cleanup workers
... Brockovich investigating health claims of Exxon Valdez spill cleanup workers ... allegations involving exposure to crude oil and chemicals used in the cleanup. Eight of the claims were...

 

21. All Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup Workers Sought - Bioremediation

... 11,000 people worked on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup. Where are they now? EVOS Photo Story. ... How to check your health - harm from cleanup chemicals? ..

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Original - Mother Jones March-April 2003 Repost

The Valdez Crud:  Are crude oil and chemicals to blame for the health problems of workers who cleaned up Exxon's mess? ... Workers who cleaned up after the Exxon Valdez were often covered in thick crude oil and toxic solvents. Are crude oil and chemicals ... Exxon Valdez Oil Spill ... cleanup, some workers ...

Worker Survey

Exxon Valdez - Legacy of a Spill by Anchorage Daily News *
.. ... from only 17 people in the Valdez area that ... Gould's contention was contradicted by internal Exxon reports that ... www.adn.com/evos/stories/T99032316.html

and More info

A guest to Valdez in 03 and 04 was so taken aback with the Beauty of Valdez, that he exclaimed, "How could this be the place of the Exxon Valdez oil spill?"

Helps in diagnosis - for harm of 2-butoxyethanol - the 'cleanup chemical'

& some of these basics  *  <---link

  How do you feel? 

 e-mail Margaret 

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Is this an autoimmune dysfunction?  More about EGBE >---links

1-4-05      1-24-05     5-23-06

Could this chemical be the cause of CFS, CFIDS, 'gulf war syndrome?'  *  <---link

... of the harm to our cold war Korean vets?   *  <---link

Questionnaire - Have you been harmed by 2-butoxyethanol? *  <---link

Share this info with your doctors <---link

Some of the 'signs' *  <---link