Vapors released from gas station vent pipes are 10 times more toxic than previously thought, according to a study by environmental health researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, bringing into question the safety of schools, playgrounds and parks in close proximity to gas stations. Gasoline vapors contain numerous toxic chemicals, including the carcinogen benzene. Benzene exposure has been linked to blood cancers like acute myeloid leukemia (AML). For the study, gas flow meters were attached to venting pipes at two large gas stations – one each in the Midwest and Northwest – to gauge measurements over a ... Read More
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