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Information Resources Relevant to Recent Crude Oil Spill

In response to the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division of the National Library of Medicine has created a new page of links to information on “Crude Oil Spills and Human Health.” The page  is now available at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/oilspills.html.

 The page has links to information on how the United States responds to oil spills, state agencies in the Gulf region that respond to spills, occupational hazards for professionals and volunteers assisting with clean-up, seafood safety and more. The links under “Featured Sites” focus on the latest updates.  

Also, today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established a website (http://www.epa.gov/bpspill) to inform the public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The website will contain data from EPA’s ongoing air monitoring along with other information about the Agency’s activities in the area.

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