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    organo phosphate compound that can kill quickly with very limited dermal exposure contained in tar sands crude.

     Exposure of animals to the low molecular weight solvents contained in all crude oil (both conventional heavy sour crude and tar sands synthetic crude) suffer solvent toxicity with similar characteristics to ethanol toxicity....and it can kill and cause nervous system damage if there is substantial body surface exposure.      But such toxicity requires both substantial time of exposure and high proportion of total body area exposed.

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