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Leaking fuel tank leads to benzene exposure risk; 2,600 Gallons of Gasoline Removed from Soil

A leaking premium fuel tank was discovered mid-August behind Robbinsville Crown service station in Robbinsville, North Carolina, spilling benzene-containing fuel into the ground. A cleanup crew has tackled the issue, removing more than 2,600 gallons of gasoline from the ground, which is enough to refuel a 15-gallon vehicle tank 173 times. “They’re continuing to do free product recovery,” Jan Anderson from the state Division of Waste Management told the Graham Star. “It’s an ongoing abatement.” The gasoline has also contaminated both Tallulah Creek and the Cheoah River. “The section of stream immediately downstream of the release is exceeding surface water standards ... Read More

Molecules Derived From Avocados May Be Key to Beating AML

Researchers have discovered that molecules derived from avocados could be an effective form of treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Professor Paul Spagnuolo from the University of Waterloo, whose research has been published in Cancer Research oncology journal, discovered that the nutritious, creamy fruit contains a lipid that naturally fights AML, targeting the stem cells. Very few treatments that target leukemia stem cells exist worldwide. AML is a devastating disease that is fatal in less than five years for 90 percent of people older than 65. According to the study, the new avocado-derived treatment has strong potential to increase quality of life and ... 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

Former employee files Benzene Exposure Lawsuit Against 57 Companies

Joe and Roxanne Pena filed suit on Jan. 11 against 57 companies, 62 defendants in total, in Jefferson County, Texas, District Court over benzene exposure, which they allege led to a life-threatening blood disorder. Several of the defendants named in the suit are oil and petroleum giants such as: American Oil, Amoco, Atlantic Richfield, Ashland Oil, BP, Chevron Phillips, Chevron USA, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Exxon Mobil, Huntsman, Motiva, Shell Chemical, Texaco, Union Carbide, and Valero. The plaintiff, Joe Pena, worked at Bayer Material Science as a chemical process helper for 12 years. During the course of his employment, Pena claims he was “needlessly” exposed to toxic ... Read More

Ontario Fire Contaminates Residents’ Water with Benzene

Residents near Smith Falls, Ontario, were forced to shut off their water for more than two weeks when a nearby fire caused benzene to leach into the groundwater. On Nov. 6, the popular flea market, Rideau Valley Market, near Smith Falls, Ontario, went up in flames. Firefighters responded promptly and kept the fire from spreading, but the chemicals from the burned materials released benzene into the groundwater. Residents near the site of the fire were forced to avoid drinking and coming in contact with tap water for more than two weeks due to contamination. “Which means that if you turn the water ... Read More

Indoor Plants May Filter Airborne VOCs, Including Benzene

Having an airtight home may save on your energy bill, but it may also increase the amount of indoor air pollution. “Making a building airtight limits the exchange of fresh air,” says Chris Enroth, University of Illinois Extension educator, who also believes that indoor plants significantly reduce the pollution within the home or office. Enroth’s ongoing research gathers data about decreasing indoor pollutants using plants. “It is believed that most of these air pollutants are filtered out as part of the plant’s photosynthesis activities. The air cleansing process is ongoing, so long as the plant is growing and healthy.” Much of ... Read More

Judge Approves $500,000 Fine Against Erie Coke in Pollution Case

Last September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sued Erie Coke over plumes of benzene emissions. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Barbara J. Rothstein approved the $500,000 fine. The benzene leaks have gone unchecked and unrepaired since an environmental inspection at the plant in November 2010 and in March 2015. The continuing leaks violate the Clean Air Act. The company only has 30 days to pay the substantial fine. If the decree’s requirements are not met, it could be charged penalties of $250 to $1,500 per day until the leaks are fixed. But this isn’t Erie Coke’s first violation by far. Under a ... Read More

$8 million settlement reached for Clean Air Act claims against Slawson Exploration Co. Inc.

Slawson Exploration Co. Inc. designed and operates a vapor control system on North Dakota storage tanks for about 170 oil and gas production well pads, many of which are located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. But according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air Act, Slawson’s vapor control system isn’t efficient, leading to volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. “Safe, responsible and lawful development of domestic energy resources and technology is of great importance to a sustainable future for all Americans,” said John C. Cruden, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “This Clean ... Read More

Laser hair removal should be considered a biohazard for health care workers, according to researchers

Researchers have recently reported that the “burning hair” plume that occurs during laser hair removal (LHR) should be considered a biohazard, especially for health care workers, because it contains chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide. Although laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, it doesn’t come without risks. The study analysis of captured 30-second laser plumes revealed a shocking 377 chemical compounds. Of the compounds, 62 of them are easily absorbed, 20 of them are environmental toxins, and 13 of them are known or suspected carcinogens. “These findings establish the concern that the burning-hair ... Read More

Carson’s Carousel Tract Reached $120 Million Settlement for Major Oil Contamination

Cancerous tumors, asthma, anxiety, blood disorders and other illnesses have been the complaints of residents of Carousel, a 50-acre community of 285 homes in Carson, Calif., where an oil dump was discovered only a few feet underground. As of last May, the six-year cleanup project has officially begun. In groups of eight homes at a time, the soil will be excavated 5-10 feet deep, and replaced with fresh dirt that isn’t soaked in oil and petroleum waste. Contaminated groundwater plumes that supply drinking water will be remediated. The community of homes was built in the late 1960s on top of an ... Read More