Benzene is only one of many cancer causing agents in petroleum. So I read this with interest. If federal officials burn some of the oil slick in the Gulf and the smoke heads for Tampa, there are apparently plans in place to evacuate parts of Tampa if necessary. That seems extreme to me.
As FEMA and other government agencies prepare for what is now being called by some, the worst oil spill disaster in history, plans to evacuate the Tampa Bay area are in place.
The plans would be announed in the event of a controlled burn of surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico, if wind or other conditions are expected to take the toxic fumes through Tampa Bay.
You can read more about this over at the examiner.com
Read through the comments on that page. There is clearly some conflicting onformation on this. But it does make sense that the community woudl be worried about any type of oil slick burn off for particularly this reason…the prevailing winds would probably send some level of toxic smoke over Florida.