The EPA has launched a website (www.epa.gov/bpspill) to inform the public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The website contains data from EPA’s air monitoring along with other information about the Agency’s activities in the region.
“We are taking every possible step to protect the health of the residents and mitigate the environmental impacts of this spill,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. “For several days, EPA has been on the ground evaluating air and water concerns and coordinating with other responding agencies. We are also here to address community members -- the people who know these waters and wetlands best. They will be essential to the work ahead.”
In addition to monitoring air quality, EPA is also assessing the coastal waters affected by the spreading oil. EPA deployed twin-engine aircraft to assist in the collection of air sampling data and photograph the spill and surrounding area.
The site plans to publish data, frequently asked questions, fact sheets, and links to more information on the spill and the government’s response.
The EPA BP Spill website is:
Information on efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies is available at: