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Plaintiff Alleges Benzene in Consumer Products Caused Husband’s Death

An Illinois woman who lost her husband to an aggressive form of brain cancer has filed a lawsuit against several manufacturers, alleging their products exposed her husband to benzene and other potentially carcinogenic pollutants containing benzene. According to the Madison County Record, Cheryl Stamper filed her complaint in Madison County Circuit Court in Illinois Oct. 18, naming as defendants Turtle Wax Inc., Shell Oil Co., Shell Chemical LP, BP Products North America, and others. Ms. Stamper claims that her late husband, Steve Stamper, “was exposed to and inhaled or ingested benzene and benzene-containing pollutants that were negligently released into the ... Read More

Study: ‘Dabbing’ Vapor Found to Contain Benzene

Portland State University organic chemistry researchers have found that benzene is formed when a marijuana extract is vaporized. In a study led by Jiries Meehan-Atrash, Dr. Wentai Luo and  Dr. Robert M. Strongin, the researchers scrutinize “dabbing,” a unique way of marijuana consumption using butane hash oil (BHO), KATU2 reports. “Of very recent concern is the practice of dabbing, which has emerged as a dangerous and rapidly growing trend in cannabis consumption,” the study reads. “It consists of inhaling the vapors produced by placing a small amount of cannabis extract (a ‘dab’) on a small heated surface (the ‘nail’), which is ... Read More

High Levels of Benzene Released in Houston

Air tests in a Houston neighborhood have detected extremely high levels of benzene following the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. The neighborhood is located close to a Valero Energy oil refinery, which is concerning enough. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, nearby residents are now alarmed by the plumes of carcinogens released into the air, according to an article by the New York Times. The Houston Health Department took air samples from the Manchester district of the city and ran tests to check the levels of toxic fumes. The results showed the air contained benzene at levels of 324 parts per ... Read More

Benzene Exposure: Known Cause of Myeloid Leukemia

Leukemia is a devastating, life-threatening cancer that affects both children and adults. There are many types of leukemia such as Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), and Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). As medical research and technology advance, new breakthrough treatments are developed. New risk factors and causes are discovered. According to NewsBlaze, the risk factors and known causes for CML are a mystery, except one – benzene exposure. CML is a stealthy disease, gradually sneaking up on the patient with mild, almost unnoticeable symptoms at first. Fatigue, a common symptom, is usually blamed on lack ... Read More

Effects of Fracking and Benzene Tracked in Documentary

A 2016 documentary called “Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution is Now” examines how fracking, a horizontal method of drilling for oil that involves extremely high water pressure, is hazardous to people and the environment. According to the film’s official website, its creators hope to convince national leaders to “focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process.” The documentary notes that during Obama’s eight-year presidency, fracking grew as the most the popular, and controversial, way to drill for oil on American soil. But ... Read More

Benzene Levels in Braintree Exceedingly High

The requested air quality tests for the North Weymouth, Massachusetts, area have been completed, and the benzene level results are concerning. Wicked Local Braintree reports that out of six samples tested by GeoLabs and Phoenix Environmental Laboratories of Connecticut based in Braintree, East Braintree showed to have the highest levels of benzene. The Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) revealed the results to the town council. Spectra Energy, now known as Enbridge*, plans to build a 7,700-horsepower Fracked-Gas Compressor Station adjacent to the new Fore River Bridge in North Weymouth, which FRRACS says will adversely affect South Shore residents. Benzene is ... Read More

Benzene investigation on Military Base in South Korea will Begin

When the soil and groundwater at the 8th U.S. Army headquarters on Yongsan Garrison in South Korea was found to be contaminated by benzene, further investigation was delayed as the U.S. Army prohibited access to the base. However, now that the military headquarters are moving to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province after a 64-year deployment in South Korea, the investigation has been permitted to begin, according to the Korean Herald. “We decided to conduct an investigation before the USFK completes its relocation by the year’s end,” said Kwon Ki-wook, chief of the city’s water circulation safety bureau, “because the source of the pollutants ... Read More

Benzene Concerns Halt Construction of Natural Gas compressor Station

Concerns about benzene and other pollutants harmful to human health have prompted residents of a North Weymouth, Massachusetts, community to work with environmental advocates and legislators in stalling and potentially preventing Enbridge’s planned construction of a 7,700-horsepower compressor station near the Fore River Bridge. Air quality tests conducted by two independent labs over the spring found levels of benzene in the air that exceeded the Department of Environmental Protection’s safety limits, even without the presence of a new facility that will emit even more air pollution. Benzene is a known human carcinogen that has been linked to the development of ... Read More

Benzene Air Pollution Tests Requested for North Weymouth

Air quality tests have been requested for the North Weymouth, Massachusetts, area to check for benzene pollution levels. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston has announced that he will ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct air quality tests in the surrounding neighborhoods of North Weymouth where Spectra Energy has proposed the placement of a natural gas compressor station. The community has fought the installation of the station, The Patriot Ledger reports, because they are concerned about the reduced air quality and possible benzene pollution. Lynch advised the reason for the request is to compare the air samples to those gathered by an independent ... Read More

New Parachute Pipeline Planned after Benzene Spill

The natural gas pipeline responsible for the major leak that contaminated Parachute Creek in Garfield County, Colorado, is scheduled for replacement. The Daily Sentinel reports that Williams, a leading gas company in the North America region, is making plans to replace the liquid gas pipeline after the U.S. Department of Transportation declared authority to regulate the line. Williams hopes to launch the replacement plan this year, which involves the installation of a new line about 2,000 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter. The line will be fed through a bore 400 feet in length at least 17 feet beneath Parachute Creek. The ... Read More