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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

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

New Year Brings New Benzene Monitoring Requirements for Wyoming town

Jackson, Wyo., is best known for Jackson Hole, an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, fishing and more. Recently, however, a new concern has been raised about the environment, particularly in the Karns Meadow area. Benzene has been discovered in a municipal well, a drinking water supply for Jackson. In a routine sampling that occurs once every three years, the amount of benzene found exceeded more than three times the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detection level that signals a need for more frequent testing. Although the benzene was detected last July, the EPA didn’t notify the town until December. The ... Read More

Former Chemical Plant Worker Sues For MDS Allegedly Caused by Benzene Exposure

Louis Gest, a resident of Santa Fe, Texas, has filed a lawsuit for more than $1 million against Chevron USA Inc., Lyondell Chemical Co., Shell Oil Co., and Motiva Enterprises LLC. Gest alleges that benzene exposure is responsible for his development of blood disorders. While Gest was a chemical plant worker, refinery worker and pipefitter from 1970 to 2005, he was exposed to benzene and benzene-containing mixtures. Gest claims the exposure caused myelodysplastic syndrome, as well as blood and bone marrow illnesses. He has also been diagnosed with cellular abnormalities and anemia. The lawsuit includes claims of negligence regarding the provision of information about how ... Read More

EPA hits Erie Coke Corp. with proposed fines of $500,000 for Benzene Pollution in violation of the Clean Air Act

Erie Coke Corp. is charged with a $500,000 civil fine for benzene emissions that violate the Clean Air Act after having been warned that leaks required repair. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered leaks of benzene during a November 2010 inspection at the Erie, Penn., plant, and immediately required the company to fix them. However, the EPA says Erie Coke Corp. never made the repairs. Now the EPA has filed a lawsuit charging the company with violations of the Clean Air Act, under which Erie can be fined up to $37,500 per day for each violation. The suit also includes claims that Erie “failed to ... Read More

Smoke from wildfires in the Southeast billows cancer-causing chemicals

More than 30 wildfires burning in the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachian Mountains are sending billows of smoke drifting throughout the southeast. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s AirNow monitor reported “unhealthy” air from West Virginia extending all the way down to south Georgia. Hospitals throughout Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina have received more people than usual needing assistance for breathing problems caused by the smoke. More than 200 people have been hospitalized in Chattanooga, Tenn., alone for shortness of breath and breathing problems since Nov. 11 due to the smoke. “We’ve seen a big increase in the number of respiratory complaints ... Read More

Air Samples Taken at Albany’s Oil-by-Rail Confirm Exceedingly High Benzene Levels

Benzene is a chemical widely used in a number of industries and products, particularly the oil and petroleum industry. Most people remain unaware of the toxic danger of benzene exposure, which can happen by inhalation or skin absorption. Once benzene enters the bloodstream, it affects the bone marrow and blood forming cells, which damages white and red blood cells, as well as platelets. It is a confirmed carcinogen and has been linked to a variety of cancers and blood diseases in humans. Many people that work in industries where benzene is present have experienced benzene-related leukemia and lymphoma. The American Cancer Society ... Read More

Problems from Oil-Contaminated Soil Continue to Plague Carousel Residents

Teresa Alvarez, a resident of the Carousel community in Carson, Calif., that has been impacted by recent discovery of contaminated soil beneath her house, is one of many people who say they are being plagued with issues from toxic substances in their own backyard. Alvarez has been using her bathtub to wash dishes for a year because the kitchen sink won’t drain due to pipe erosion from the oil in the ground. The walls and floors above the underground sewer pipes are covered in mold and fungus. As she babysits children to supplement her income during retirement, she has been careful ... Read More

Montana Couple Sues for Benzene Exposure they claim led to Leukemia

Montana residents Cynthia Davidson and David Davidson have filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court against 3M, BP, and The Glidden Company, among other companies, claiming they are responsible for benzene exposure they say led to Mrs. Davidson’s development of leukemia. According to Mrs. Davidson, multiple companies are to blame for her 2014 diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a blood cancer. The lawsuit alleges the companies failed to “implement proper safety measures” to prevent her benzene exposure. She is seeking $50,000 in compensatory damages plus court costs. AML happens when the DNA of a developing bone marrow cell is damaged, and the cell becomes a leukemic cell, ... Read More