Administrator: No Claims Filed on Cleanup Illness

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Baton Rouge, LA (AP) - The attorney overseeing the payments
from a $20 billion compensation fund says he hasn't seen any claims
filed suggesting that the Gulf oil spill cleanup has caused medical
illnesses.

Kenneth Feinberg is administering the Gulf Coast Claims
Facility, which handles claims filed against BP PLC by individuals
and businesses damaged in the oil spill last year. Feinberg told a
Louisiana House and Senate committee Monday that he hasn't seen any scientific evidence linking cleanup measures such as chemical
dispersants to health problems.

Feinberg says such health problems, if they can be proven, might
not show up for years -- including after his office shuts down in
2013. He encouraged lawmakers to talk to federal officials and BP
about ways to continue the claims process after his office
disappears.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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