Dr. Benitez Question and Answer Session on Fly Ash Spill


Have there been similar medical screenings conducted on the health effects of fly ash? If so, will you refer to those studies? If not, how do you approach being the first medical toxicology department to be involved in this sort of program?

I don’t think there’s been a truly focused evaluation of fly ash with people in the past. They’ve obviously had disasters, [but] the presumed thought was that it didn’t cause any major problems. The people that were examined and tested for it appeared and looked okay in the short term and the long term, but, again, there’re very small numbers that have been involved in that. And so we’re hoping to expand on that field with a little bit more focus, specifically looking at the real risks from a toxicologic[al] perspective.