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Thursday, June 17, 2010
30,000 people working in the Gulf to clean up BP oil spill
Last night, President Obama addressed the nation about the largest environmental cleanup effort in our nation's history. Nearly 30,000 people are working in the Gulf to control and clean up the oil spill.
As this disaster continues to wreak havoc along our coast, it is critical to remember the lessons we learned in the aftermath of 9/11. Proper precautions were not taken to protect the health of the heroes who rushed to Ground Zero after that tragic day. That's why I am working tirelessly to pass the Zadroga Act, so that those heroes get the healthcare and compensation they deserve.
But now, the first responders who are working to contain the worst oil spill in US history are being exposed to a sea of toxins. There are already reports that workers are suffering from the exposure to the oil and dispersant…and this cleanup will go on for years.