Ark. AG: Health issues a concern after oil spill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he's concerned about the public health implications of the Mayflower oil spill.

McDaniel said Tuesday that residents in Mayflower have expressed concerns about their health and their children's health. He says many residents continue to suffer from headaches and nausea after ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.'s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower on March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil.

However, an ExxonMobil spokesman says ongoing air monitoring in Mayflower has shown levels that are either not detectable or below action levels established by the Arkansas Department of Health.

The Department of Health's website says air emissions are below levels likely to cause health effects for the general population.

McDaniel on Tuesday also announced the creation of a special task force to address residents' concerns.

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