Greenpeace activists hand out protective masks in Delian.

Photo | 20 July, 2010

On Jinshitan Golden Beach Dalian, Greenpeace gives oil cleanup workers and fishermen including local police protective masks. Crude oil contains significant quantities of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other dangerous chemicals that do not readily dissolve in water. Some of these are carcinogens and can persist in the environment. Hydrocarbons can be absorbed by the human body via inhalation, ingestion or through direct contact with skin.