Fishermen hired by BP to clean up the Gulf oil spill have reported severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, and difficulty breathing after spending long hours around the oil and its dispersants. Experts said similar symptoms were reported after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, and the EPA has warned the oil is not only bad for animals, but for the humans around it as well. Fishermen—many of whom are looking for work now that there is less fish in the Gulf—said nobody had cautioned them to use gloves and other protection around the oil. Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA) has written to the federal government for more mobile medical clinics in the area.
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