MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A study aims to look at the the long-term health effects of the Gulf oil spill.
The study, which is being conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is "designed to find answers to the questions that matter to oil spill cleanup workers and area residents."
The Alabama Department of Public health is encouraging people involved in cleanup after the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the resulting leak, which spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, to participate in the study.
The researchers say they still need volunteers to take part in the long-term study. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and must have done cleanup work for at least one day, or supported the cleanup effort or completed oil spill worker training.
Dr. Donald Williamson, encourages participation in the study he said the contributions made by those who participate will shape future oil spill response.
Williamson, a state health worker, said, “We continue to work with our partners to learn about the long-term health impacts of the oil spill on the public’s health."
The Alabama Department of Public Health has information on response worker resources, community projects and reports, links to data sources and information on how to participate in the study.