News and Information
NIH Launches Largest Oil Spill Healthy Study
(Feb. 28, 2011)
A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will look at possible health effects of the Gulf of Mexico's Deepwater Horizon oil spill on 55,000 cleanup workers and volunteers, beginning on Feb. 28, 2011, in towns across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The study is expected to last for up to 10 years.
CDC Gulf States Population Survey
(Dec. 21, 2010)
Data collection for the CDC Gulf States Population Survey (GSPS) began on Dec. 15, 2010 and will continue monthly for one year in selected Gulf Coast counties affected by the oil spill. The survey questionnaire was developed by CDC in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and state public health and mental health departments from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida where the survey is being conducted.
NOAA Gulf Restoration Planning
(Oct. 21, 2010)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released two new fact sheets on pre-assessment and restoration approaches that are being planned under the Natural Resource Damage Assessment.
CDC/ NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Interim Report
(Oct. 15, 2010)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have released the seventh interim Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Report.
Statement from President Obama
(Sept. 14, 2010)
The White House blog has posted a video of President Barack Obama's address to members of the U.S. Coast Guard in Panama City, FL.
Update from Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center
(Sept. 14, 2010)
This update provides the latest information on the ongoing administration response in the Gulf, including: number of claims submitted and granted, number of active response personnel, and general clean-up and recovery information.
EPA Monitoring Information
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to collect and test coastal sediment, air, and water samples. The EPA has also been monitoring landfills for the presence of chemicals usually found in oil.
Press Release: NIH to Launch Gulf Oil Spill Study (Sept. 7, 2010)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will launch a multi-year Gulf Worker Study—a health study of oil spill workers and volunteers—this fall to look at the potential health effects from the oil spill. NIH has contributed $10 million for the study's initial phases, and BP will contribute an additional $10 million to fund this and other research.