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MDCH: No long-term harm to health from oil spill
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) The Michigan Department of Community Health has released its assessment on the chemicals in the surface water and fish from the part of the Kalamazoo River that was impacted by the Enbridge oil spill in 2010.
The MDCH has concluded that there is no long-term harm to people's health expected from contact with the chemicals while wading, swimming or canoeing.
The assessment says that contact with the oil sheen and glubules in the river may cause temporary effects such as skin irritation.
Officials say that fish caught in the affected area show the same levels of contaminants as those found upstream of the oil spill. All oil-related chemical levels were very low. Mercury and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) levels were similar to levels measured in fish caught before the oil spill.
The MDCH points to guidelines for eating fish caught in Michigan bodies of water for further information. You can find that by clicking here.
You can see the entire assessment by clicking here.