Thursday, August 19, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill & Seafood Safety Committee Hearing

Rep. Markey today conducted a hearing into the safety of seafood from the Gulf as a consequence of the BP oil spill. This hearing is currently available online at C-SPAN.

The seafood sampled were deemed to be safe for human consumption. The main concern was the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The Oil Budget referred to during the hearings indicates what happened to the spilled oil (summary). A more technical report discusses the Oil Budget Calculator about which Rep. Markey asked for more detail on the formulas used. These reports on which the discussion is based are part of a ongoing process conducted by a collaboration, the Joint Analysis Group and the conclusions are not yet final.

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