It certainly helped get rid of some of the excess oil, but it also caused more dioxins to get into the environment. Around 222,000 to 313,000 barrels of oil (9.3 to 13.1 millon gallons) were burned during the 410 controlled burn events for which an amount of oil burned could be quantified. Around 0.05 to 0.13 grams of toxic equivalency of dioxin were emitted from these fires. Although these numbers are insignificant when compared to the 1,300 grams of toxic equivalency that were released in the U.S. in the year 2000, dioxins have been known to cause chloracne, cancer, and damage to reproductive systems.
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