Last week, the NRDC released a report stating the FDA’s formula for the amount of seafood consumed per month, and thus the levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), potentially cancer-causing chemicals found in oil considered safe to consume, is not realistic for Gulf states residents.
New Iberia chemist and environmental consultant Wilma Subra says she has been lobbying for more rigorous standards for months. She has been requesting that the FDA redo the calculations to reflect the dietary habits of the people on the coast.
“FDA based their consumption on a meal consisting of four shrimp, and only eating that meal once a week,” says Subra. “Which is totally inadequate when you look at what the consumption is of people who live along the northern rim of the Gulf of Mexico.”
The formula the FDA is using to determine how much seafood Gulf Coast residents eat is approximately 16.4 seafood meals per month, including 9.1 meals of fish, 2.9 of oysters and 4.4 of shrimp and crab. The portion size is set at 5.6 ounces of fish, 4.2 ounces of oysters and 3.1 ounces of shrimp or crab.
Her other concern is that the FDA is not testing for another oil component released during the spill, which is turning up in seafood she has been testing for local environmental groups under the aegis of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. “The FDA published levels of concern for PAH, but they did not establish levels of concern for total petroleum hydrocarbon oil range organics,” which is a larger element of the component of the oil that BP released. “We’re finding in not the parts per billion or parts per million, but all the way up in the percentage range of oil range organics, and yet there’s no criteria established by FDA on this,” says Subra.
Subra says she has been calling the FDA, asking them to test for oil range organics, to no avail.
Other environmental groups like the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and NOLA Emergency Response have also been trying to get the attention of the FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, all of whom use the same PHA standards for seafood safety.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Pop-up dinner of chef Justin Girouard’s creations reflect farming traditions
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.