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Toxic Barge Spill

Toxic Barge Spill Side Effects Could Result In Personal Injury Lawsuits

Toxic Barge Spill | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Headaches, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Unconsciousness | Ohio River, Petroleum-Based Substance, Cumene, Oil Spill

On February 27, 2007 thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical spilled into the Ohio River between Illinois and Kentucky after a barge collide with a lock wall. The spill late Tuesday was estimated to be up to 8,000 gallons of a petroleum-based substance called cumene, said Maggie Carson, a state EPA spokeswoman.

Kirby Inland Marine, the Houston-based owner, said the barge crashed into the guide wall of a lock that helps manage water flow. State officials earlier said it had run aground. The barge was en route from the Gulf of Mexico to a port somewhere in the Midwest, a company official stated.

Contact with cumene can irritate skin and eyes, cause headaches in humans if inhaled, and be damaging to animals directly exposed to it. It is used in a variety of petroleum products, manufacturing, as paint thinner and as a component of high-octane fuels, according to the EPA Web site. Cumene is used in a variety of petroleum products.  Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to cumene may cause headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, slight incoordination, and unconsciousness in humans.

Cumene has a potent central nervous system (CNS) depressant action characterized by a slow induction period and long duration of narcotic effects in animals.  Cumene is a skin and eye irritant.  No information is available on the chronic (long-term), reproductive, developmental, or carcinogenic effects of cumene in humans.  Animal studies have reported increased liver, kidney, and adrenal weights from inhalation exposure to cumene.  EPA has classified cumene as a Group D, not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity.

The U.S. Coast Guard categorizes oil spills into three sizes: Minor; less than 1,000 gallons; Medium; 1,000 to 9,999 gallons; and Major, 10,000 gallons or more. Major spills are the largest contributor, medium spills are somewhat significant, and the minor spills (most are under 100 gallons) are insignificant.

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