Natural Environment


Gulf Coast Oil Spill


On Tuesday, April 20, there was an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig causing oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico. ASTHO is working with the affected states and federal agencies to monitor health effects. If you have information you would like to share, please email  

Federal Update

Safe Water

NOAA Factsheet on Hurricanes and the Spill (pdf)

EPA Statement on Dispersant Use in Spill (external site)

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Air Quality

NOAA, Air Chemistry in the Gulf (pdf)

NOAA, Health and Safety Aspects of Burning Oil In-situ (pdf)

National Response Team's Guidance on Burning Oil In-situ (pdf)

Food Safety

FDA, Seafood Safety and Dispersants (pdf)

FDA, Screening for PAHs in Seafoods (pdf)

NOAA Fisheries and Closure Information - Updated Daily (external site)

NOAA Expands Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico

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Health of Cleanup Workers and Volunteers

NOAA, Oil Spill Cost and Reimbursement Factsheet (pdf)

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State Update

State Government Press Releases


Patient Exposure to Oil in Baldwin and Mobile Counties (pdf)

Mississippi DEQ Spill Sample Information (external site)

Guidance Documents and Executive Orders

FL Emergency Authorization for Proactive Measures (pdf)

FL Emergency Closure of State Waters (pdf)

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HHS Safety and Training of Oil Spill Response Workers (external site)

NIEHS Oil Spill Response Training Tool (external site)

NOAA Environmental Sensitivity Index Toolkit (external site)

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Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers in Alabama (pdf)

Job-Specific Worker Safety and Health Sheets (external site)

Material Safety Data Sheets (external site)

NIOSH Sun Exposure

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Other Resources

LSU Study: Health Impacts of Spill on Coastal Louisiana Residents (external site)

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Quick Links

State Links

Alabama Department of Public Health (external site)

Florida Department of Health (external site)

Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (external site)

Mississippi State Department of Health (external site)

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Federal Links

Deepwater Horizon Response (external site)

EPA Response to BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico (external site)

CDC 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill (external site)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC (external site)

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Private Sector Links

BP Gulf of Mexico Response (external site)

American Association of Poison Control Centers (external site)

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