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Low-level benzene exposure linked to blood cancers

Low-level ambient exposure to the volatile organic compound benzene is positively associated with the development of myelodysplastic syndrome and T-cell lymphoma, according to a prospective study by the American Cancer Society published online in the International Journal of Cancer. The Cancer Prevention Study II Cohort was designed to evaluate the potential cancer risks of ambient benzene exposure in the general population and involved 115,996 participants, 2,595 of whom had hematologic cancer. The majority of previous studies investigating benzene’s cancer risk involved only workplace benzene exposure. The researchers concluded that “ambient benzene increases risk of MDS and lymphoid malignancies, particularly follicular ... Read More

Drummond to pay $775,000 to settle benzene pollution violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S Department of Justice, and the Jefferson County Board of Health in Alabama have reached a settlement with Drummond Company over allegations that Drummond’s ABC Coke facility north of Birmingham, Alabama, was releasing 10 times the amount cancer-causing benzene into the air than it was reporting. As part of the settlement, Drummond will pay $775,000 in penalties, which will be equally split between the EPA and the Jefferson County Board of Health. The company will also complete a supplemental environmental project so that it can establish semi-annual monitoring for leaks using a thermal imaging ... Read More

Benzene Pollution Leads to $775,000 Fine for Birmingham Coal Company

As Alabama coal company that was belching more than 10 times the amount of benzene it had been reporting to state and federal regulators will pay $775,000 in penalties. Birmingham, Alabama-based Drummond Company, one of Alabama’s largest coal operations, agreed to the settlement eight years after the Jefferson County Board of Health inspectors and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered that the company’s foundry coke facilities were releasing hazardous levels of benzene into the air. According to the County and the EPA, both of which have gone to great lengths to shield Drummond from the community’s concerns, the company ... Read More

Woman helps factory workers seek compensation for benzene exposure

Sherry Roe was with her father for his chemotherapy treatment when she made the connection between her father’s terminal cancer and the company where he worked for 28 years. “He’s sitting there talking to a guy on either side of him and they’re all cutting up. They’re all there getting chemo and they all had the same disease,” she told the Kokomo Tribune. “I said, ‘Dad, who are those men?’ He said, ‘This guy’s my foreman and this guy worked in the department with me.’ That’s when it hit me. Something big is going on.” The men all worked at ... Read More

Former Vol basketball player blames benzene, radiation for leukemia diagnosis

Former Tennessee Volunteer basketball great Tony White, known to fans as “The Wizard,” was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in September and is now embarked on the fight of his life. White is considered one of the most prolific scorers in Tennessee basketball history. Former Vol teammates and Tennessee head basketball coach Rick Barnes have visited White in the hospital. “I just ask everybody that thoughts and prayers go his way. I’ve been over there a couple of times and he’s fighting,” Barnes said. White played at UT from 1983 to 1987. “The leukemia completely changed my life, and ... Read More

Benzene Exposure Lawsuit Filed By Industrial Mechanic

A West Virginia man allegedly suffering from years of benzene exposure has filed a negligence lawsuit against multiple companies, claiming they exposed him to benzene on the job but never warned him about its toxicity. David Hyre, an industrial mechanic, filed the complaint in Kanawha (West Virginia) Circuit court, the West Virginia Record reports. He names as defendants CRC Industries, Safety-Kleen Systems, Radiator Specialty Company, United States Steel Corporation, and E. L. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Mr. Hyre’s lawsuit alleges that the defendant companies manufactured, marketed, supplied, sold, and distributed products containing benzene, a chemical that can trigger ... Read More

Town hall meeting to warn factory workers about benzene exposure risks

A woman whose father died after years of being exposed to the carcinogenic chemical benzene is calling a town meeting in Kokomo, Indiana, in hopes of connecting with factory workers who may have become ill to help them should they wish to take legal action. “It’s always been my goal to help the retirees, the workers that are there,” said Sherry Roe, whose father, Glenn Dukes, worked for Delco Electronics for 28 years. In 2009, he was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and died two months later. His death certificate listed AML and “history ... Read More

Former railroad worker sues Union Pacific for exposing him to benzene

A St. Louis, Missouri, man is suing Union Pacific Railroad Co., alleging during the 13 years he worked for the company he was exposed to a toxic chemical that contributed to his cancer diagnosis, the St. Louis Record reported. Clifton Raymond filed his lawsuit Dec. 12 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, citing the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, a law enacted to protect and compensate railroad workers injured on the job. The law requires the worker to prove the railroad was at least partly legally negligent in causing his injury. From 1972 to 1985, Raymond worked for Missouri ... Read More

Texas man sues 30 companies for exposing him to benzene

A Warren, Texas couple is suing 30 companies alleging they exposed him to the cancer causing chemical benzene, according to the Southeast Texas Record. The lawsuit was filed by Royce Mathews and his wife Rose against in Jefferson County District Court in Beaumont, Texas. The lawsuit names Dow Chemical, Chevron, Atlantic Richfield, BP, ExxonMobil, Huntsman Petrochemical, Texaco and others as manufacturing and selling benzene-containing products to Goodyear Tire while he was employed there from 1966 to 2007 Mr. Mathews claims that his exposure to benzene in the workplace caused him to develop myelodysplastic syndrome, a group of disorders caused when ... Read More

Benzene Emissions From Arkansas Dump Fire Prompt Lawsuit

Concerns about benzene and other health threats emanating from an extensive and long-burning underground fire have prompted at least one family in Bella Vista, Arkansas to file a lawsuit. Bella Vista resident Curtis Macomber and his family are suing Brown’s Tree Care, alleging the company created a public health hazard by burning brush on the property, triggering an underground fire that has been burning since July. The fire is smoldering at the site of a “stump dump,” where the Bella Vista Property Owners Association once operated a collection area for residents’ leaves, tree stumps, branches, and brush. Bella Vista Property ... Read More