- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials say people living near the site of an oil spill that fouled the Kalamazoo River in July 2010 probably won’t have long-term health problems from breathing chemicals released into the air.

In an analysis released Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says some residents who inhaled oil-related chemicals after the spill reported symptoms including headaches, nausea, breathing discomfort and eye irritation.

But the department says air monitoring in the next two years found no oil-related chemicals at dangerous concentrations. It says people did not breathe such chemicals long enough or at levels high enough to have long-term effects.

The department says its analysis doesn’t apply to people who worked on cleanup of 843,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured Enbridge Inc. pipeline in Calhoun County.


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