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Moms Blame benzene contamination at military base for making children sick

Katie Whatley was only 6 when she was diagnosed with leukemia, and it nearly took her life. “We are fairly confident that had we not taken her to the emergency room that night, that she would have died in her sleep,” said Amanda Whatley in a YouTube video describing her daughter’s fight with cancer. Whatley’s video has now been viewed more than 50,000 times. Three years earlier, however, Whatley’s friend, Melany Stawnyczyj, experienced the same story with her son, Roman, who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4. “What a coincidence it was for both of us who were ... Read More

EPA Proposes Regulations Requiring Natural Gas Facilities to Report Toxic Chemical Release, Including Benzene

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed regulations that require U.S. natural gas processing facilities to report their toxic chemical releases. The regulations would affect about 281 to 444 processing facilities, and would allow the agency to closely monitor chemicals released into the air. The chemicals include xylenes, linked to breathing problems, headaches and neurological issues; formaldehyde, a carcinogen that inflicts damage on the respiratory system; and benzene, which has been linked to blood diseases and cancers such as Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), lymphomas and aplastic anemia. The proposition was in response to a petition by 19 environmental groups, including the Environmental ... Read More

Widow Files Benzene Lawsuit Against 30 Companies After Husband’s Leukemia Death

A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against 30 companies, alleging they exposed her husband to toxic benzene emissions, sickening him and eventually leading to his death. According to the Southeast Texas Record, Peggy Melancon filed the benzene lawsuit in Jefferson County, Texas, District Court Feb. 22, naming Amoco, Atlantic Richfield, BP, Chevron USA, ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, Sunoco, Texaco, and many others as defendants. Ms. Melacon’s lawsuit says that her husband Cecil Melancon was a long-time DuPont employee and that he worked at the company’s Beaumont Works facility as a lab technician. Ms. Melancon claims her husband was continually exposed ... Read More

BP, Chevron and 18 others named in benzene lawsuit

In a recent benzene lawsuit, 20 companies were named as defendants, including BP, Chevron, Texaco, Atlantic Richfield, BASF, Citgo, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell, Sunoco, Total, Union Oil and Valero. Plaintiffs Daniel and Renee Sikes have filed a lawsuit against the companies at the end of December over long-term exposure to benzene that allegedly caused a life-threatening disease. Daniel Sikes worked at the Sunoco facility in Nederland from 1976-2013, after which Sikes developed Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. According to the suit, the companies negligently exposed him to benzene, a key ingredient in gasoline, without warning him of the dangers. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is an incurable disease that affects ... Read More

Benzene Levels Found to be Higher than Standard in Longmont Oil Well

Last December, the residents of Longmont, Colorado, were informed in a city council meeting that a TOP Operating well leaked benzene. When the water table around the Serafini well was tested in August, the results showed benzene levels at well above state limits. TOP Operating, the only oil and gas operator in Longmont, is working with the state to restore the well back to safe levels, although there was no time frame given for the process. The Serafini well, located “in the middle of a field” according to Longmont general manager of public works and natural resources Dale Rademacher, isn’t anywhere near ... Read More

Improvements to Tonawanda Coke Plant Show Significant Reduction in Benzene Pollution

In March of 2014, a federal jury found Tonawanda Coke plant in New York guilty of polluting the air and soil with high levels of benzene from its coke oven, serving the company with a $24 million verdict. A year later, as part of the company’s federal court sentencing, an $11 million, 10-year study was launched to quantify the coke plant’s impact to the public health. The health of 38,000 Tonawanda and Grand Island residents – one third of the population – which includes current and former plant employees, will be monitored. “The immediate long-term effects of this contamination are not easily discovered ... Read More

Louisiana Man Says Products Containing Benzene Caused Injuries

A New Orleans couple are suing multiple companies over injuries they allege are caused by exposure to benzene containing products. Miles and Angeline Elder have filed a lawsuit against the makers of Liquid Wrench and Gunk, saying the benzene in the product caused Miles’ tissue damage that led to multiple myeloma. Elder claims to have had prolonged exposure as well as extended uses of the product and other benzene-containing household chemicals. The companies include CRC Industries, Berryman Products, W.M. Barr & Co., Radiator Specialty Co., U.S. Steel, Shell Oil, Harry’s Hardware, and Mike’s Hardware and Supply. The companies are being accused of negligence ... Read More

Sick Building Syndrome Caused By Exposure to Benzene and other toxins

Have you ever noticed that spending time in a certain home, building, or other facility made you feel less than good, perhaps even sick? If so, you may be experiencing “Sick Building Syndrome,” a term used to describe a general malaise linked to spending time inside a building. Health researchers say that Sick Building Syndrome can comprise various nonspecific symptoms or may manifest as persistent headaches, dizziness, nausea, sluggishness, fatigue, and other health issues that can result in absenteeism and a decline in productivity at work. Studies published by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Biotechnology ... Read More

Wyoming School Closed Until Fall 2017 Because of Benzene Contamination

In Midwest, Wyoming, a school that has been closed since last May for hazardous levels of benzene related to a gas leak won’t reopen until fall of the 2017-2017 school year. When the gas leak was first discovered, air quality tests confirmed the presence of benzene at 200 times safe levels. The students and staff were evacuated after many complaints of headaches, sore throats and other potential health problems. The air tests also confirmed high levels of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as oxygen deficiencies. Engineers and consultants are working to fix the contamination, which was caused by ... Read More

Auto Dealer Indicted for Illegal Disposal of Oil Containing Benzene

Mahoney’s Auto Mall in Potsdam, New York, has been accused of burying hazardous substances on the property of the business. The accusations, which first surfaced in June of 2014, include allegations that Mahoney’s buried drums of used oil and containers of used oil filters. The state executed a search warrant on July 21, 2014, that allowed excavation of Mahoney’s property to see what was underground. The excavation uncovered four 55-gallon drums with about 142 gallons of liquid, piles of used oil filters, and about 20 tires. Lab tests confirmed that the liquid in the 55-gallon drums contained benzene as well as other hazardous substances. “Failing ... Read More