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Health Data Gaps, BP Suspicions Worry U.S. Panelists

There are “large gaps” in data now being gathered on the health of the 34,000 workers cleaning up the largest oil spill in U.S. history and growing concern that BP Plc will fail to publicize problems if they arise.

Linda McCauley, dean of the Emory University’s school of nursing in Atlanta, said, “It’s kind of scary” that the cleanup workers are hired by “the people who are actually at fault” and not the local government, “where we know there can be transparency.” She led a panel on health effects of the Gulf spill at a U.S. Institute of Medicine hearing today.