Dr. Benitez Question and Answer Session on Fly Ash Spill


What do you, as a medical toxicologist, hope to learn from this medical screening?

What we’re trying to learn from this too is, well, we know the individual toxicities of a lot of these chemicals. I’ve treated, for example, a lot of arsenic cases, I’ve treated a lot of lead cases, I’ve treated a lot of patients with different types of specific chemicals. [But] there’s fairly little literature on specific toxicities from fly ash, for example. We know from previous accidents that it has not created a lot of major problems, but, again, there’s only so many accidents that occur per year, and if we collect the data at the time, we can at least get a better baseline.