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Sunday, November 21, 2010



I bet you do not know the answer posed in the title; “What is or was the largest oil spill disaster in the United States.” If you answered the most recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, you are wrong because this is the second largest. If you answered the Exxon Valdez incident which occurred 21 years ago on March 24, 1989 in Prince William Sound, Valdez, Alaska over 20 years ago, you are again wrong. Both of these incidents were accidental and, although they could have been prevented, they were not intentionally caused.

I wrote on this subject on 9/30/2007. Readers of this Blog may have noticed that I have written nothing for almost 1 ½ years. But now upon my return to writing Blogs I wish to make my re-debut on a most timely subject – that of oil spills.

The largest oil spill which is both non-accidental and intentional is the asphalt paving of the 10's of thousand of miles of roads and highways not only here in the United States but all over the world. We recently saw on television people picking up tar balls on the Southern Beaches affected by the Gulf Oil spill, and many people reacted at what a catastrophe this was. But what about the millions of gallons of tar paving our roads? Why is this not the same thing?

If you drive over a newly paved asphalt road you can smell the sometime sweet smell emanating from the pavement. The driving public is paying little attention to this breathing of very toxic fumes. Sad to say the fumes continue for many years especially in the hot summer months. Tar which is the oil derivative remaining after crude oil has been refined still contains volatile components which the public is forced to breath. There is little wonder, at least to me, why the incidence of cancer is ever increasing!

Federal and State regulations closely regulate at gas stations the protection of individuals pumping gasoline. Why should this regulatory protection stop there?

The paving or roads is constantly occurring al over the United States. There is a non-toxic alternative – the use of cement that does not emanate fumes. Here in Panama where I am writing this blog they appear to use both cement and asphalt, probably more cement. It is definitely a cleaner substance.
I wish more attention would be given to the toxic elements coming from asphalt. In my opinion asphalt should not be used to pave roads. It may well be more expensive to use cement, I do not know, but the long-term savings in preventing cancer may pay for the endeavor in the long run.

I know that replacing asphalt with cement for road paving will probably not occur because of the amount of money being made by the industry, but I can dream and hope the public will see the light.

Additionally, there has been an increasing incidence of many diseases over the past 50 - 75 years – ADHD, cancer, mental illness, etc. – and there may be multiple causes for these situations, such as diet and exposure to other chemicals, but the toxic exposure to petrochemicals cannot be healthy.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
7051 Poole Jones Road
Frederick, MD 21702
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