|Dr. Rahul Gupta|
"The Freedom Industries chemical leak presents a unique challenge; more than 300,000 people may be affected by a chemical with little scientific data known about it, and a guaranteed funding source for long-term medical monitoring from the state or federal level is nowhere in sight," Constantino writes.
"To me, it is a moral imperative that we do conduct long-term monitoring in our population. There is no excuse for not doing it," Gupta told Constantino. "If there is even a small, remote chance that people could get sick in the future, that could be a much more expensive proposition because we could have prevented that from happening."
Gupta added, "This is so historic and unprecedented in the history of this nation, you have to wonder if there isn't a better way to do this type of work. . . . A lot of times I think if this happened in any other country, and it was a chemical exposure of some kind, wouldn't we be calling them and saying 'Hey, you need to do something to protect your people.' I think we would be the first ones to do that as a nation, to call on the other country to fix their issues." (Read more)