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Benzene lawsuit claims Michelin plant still polluted

Michelin dumped benzene and other toxic chemicals throughout a now-abandoned rubber- and tire-manufacturing plant, a group of residents from an Oklahoma subdivision alleges in a lawsuit against the tire company and its parent B.F. Goodrich. According to the Miami (Oklahoma) News-Record, 112 former and current residents of the Miami Heights subdivision, including six children, claim the companies knew that loads of benzene, naphtha, and other harmful chemicals were present throughout the shuttered manufacturing facility in Miami, Oklahoma, but failed to clean up and properly dispose of the substances. The plant employed about 1,900 workers before it shut down in 1985. ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges Lymphoma from benzene exposure

An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit against the makers of Turtle Wax and Rust-Oleum over her lymphoma diagnosis, claiming exposure to toxic chemicals including benzene is to blame. Janice Hunter from Wood River alleges she was exposed to poisonous emissions from the Wood River manufacturing facility where Turtle Wax and Rust-Oleum products are made. The facility has been known for contaminating the groundwater and air environment with benzene, says The Daily Hornet. When Hunter was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2008, she began backtracking to identify potential benzene exposure that could have contributed to the illness. Hunter isn’t the only one ... Read More

Are Benzene Fumes Inside Your Car Making You Sick?

Owner manuals for newer automobiles recommend drivers turn their AC off and open their vehicle’s windows for the first couple of minutes of driving on mildly warm and hot days. But why? According to Staten Island Advance, this seemingly strange tip is offered as a way to reduce the level of toxic benzene fumes emitted from the plastic surfaces inside an enclosed vehicle without so much as stating the reason. Benzene is a chemical that has been linked to acute myeloid leukemia and other blood-cell cancers. Regular exposure to benzene can also damage liver and kidney function and damage bone ... Read More

Illinois Man Blames Leukemia on Benzene Exposure

A man who formerly lived in Wood River, Illinois, claims his leukemia was caused by benzene exposure. He is holding the Wood River Refinery responsible. Dennis Determan filed a lawsuit against Rust-Oleum Corporation and Turtle Wax, Inc. claiming they did not consider the safety, health and welfare of residents living near the refinery facilities. The suit was filed on June 20 in the Madison County Circuit Court. According to The Madison – St. Clair Record, Determan lived near the Wood River Refinery for 20 years where he was allegedly exposed to benzene and chemicals that contain benzene. Determan blames his diagnosis ... Read More

Watchdogs: Playa del Rey oil field poses benzene risk

Food & Water Watch says that greed keeps Playa del Rey open. The oil field is the site of one of three gas storage facilities in Los Angeles County, California. The Santa Monica Observer reports that concerns over leakage from the storage field has been a thorn in the side of Food & Water Watch, Ballona Institute, and some of the members of the Los Angeles City Council, namely Mike Bonin of CD11 and Paul Koretz of CD5. Every one of them are calling for a shut-down for two reasons: health and safety, and lessening climate impact. Although the Playa del Rey facility is the smallest of the ... Read More

iPhone Factories using Benzene in China

Factories in China that are producing Apple iPhones as well as other products are using benzene and other poisonous chemicals in their manufacturing, and it’s allegedly making the workers sick. In a new documentary titled “Complicit,” Yi Yeting is featured. He traveled from his home in rural China to to Shenzhen, a city close to the Hong Kong border, where he was hired as a worker in a large state-owned manufacturing company. Two years later, at the age of 24, Yi was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors confirmed the disease was due to his daily extended exposure to benzene at his job. Yi ... Read More

Turtle Wax named in benzene exposure lawsuits

In two unrelated lawsuits, Turtle Wax, Inc. is being sued over diseases allegedly caused by exposure to benzene contained in its products. Matthew Eaton, an employee of Turtle Wax, filed a lawsuit claiming he developed acute Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) after long-term exposure to benzene in the wax, reports Madison-St. Clair Record. The lawsuit was filed on May 12 in the Madison County Circuit Court, claiming the company was responsible for his development of a life-threatening, benzene-related disease. According to Eaton, he will now endure a lifetime of physical pain and mental suffering due to the disease and its required treatment. ... Read More

Benzene lawsuit ends in settlement for mechanic with AML

A mechanic who was exposed to benzene and was later diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) won a lawsuit settlement against former employers, the Daily Hornet reports. Michael Butts was a maintenance and repair mechanic for 49 years and was regularly exposed to benzene for long periods of time on the job. Benzene, a key ingredient in gasoline, was a common ingredient in the many chemicals used during his employment. Butts worked for several employers over the years, all of which used benzene-containing products such as gasoline, oil, solvents, adhesives, and degreasers. When Butts was diagnosed with life-threatening AML, he filed a lawsuit ... Read More

Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Husband’s Benzene Exposure

A West Virginia widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against four different companies claiming they are responsible for the benzene exposure that led to her husband’s death, the West Virgina Record reports. According to the lawsuit filed on April 24, E. Jane Price is blaming Sistersville Tank Works Inc., Shell Chemical LP, Tauber Oil Company, and Valero Refining-Texas LP for the death of Robert G. Price, her husband. Mrs. Price alleges the companies did not create safety guidelines regarding adequate containing and handling of poisonous chemicals. Robert Price was exposed to toxic chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde, the suit claims, which led to his ... Read More

Benzene Levels 162 Times Over Limit at U.S. Military Base in South Korea

The 8th U.S. Army headquarters on Yongsan Garrison in South Korea has been confirmed to have water contaminated by benzene. The Korean Times reports that underground water was found to contain significant amounts of oil, according to Ministry of Environment data released this week. The information confirmed suspicions about the military base, which is normally not accessible to local authorities. The government, however, made an exception and ran an inspection in 2015. In 10 out of 14 areas tested around the camp, benzene was detected. One location, identified as B01-873, confirmed benzene levels at 2.44 milligrams per liter, which is 162 times over ... Read More