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Shell Ordered To Pay $5 MillionTo Benzene-Polluted Community

Benzene can have a devastating impact on human health over the long term, especially to workers who are exposed to even the smallest levels of it. But the chemical can also have an extremely toxic effect on communities in proximity to oil and gas refineries, as a recent $5 million federal case shows. U.S. Judge Nancy Rosenstengel ordered Shell Oil and ConocoPhillips to settle a class action Feb. 23 brought by hundreds of people living in and around the city of Roxana, Illinois., a community just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. The claimants alleged that the companies ... Read More

Union Pacific Workers Sue Over Toxic Exposure illnesses

A dozen railroad workers are suing Union Pacific Railroad in an Omaha, Nebraska, federal court, alleging their work on trains, railyards, company shops, and tracks exposed them to cancer-causing substances in violation of federal law. The plaintiffs, all former Union Pacific employees or their estates, allege that the railroad was negligent in its failure to use “ordinary care or caution” with toxic substances in the workplace as required by federal regulations. They also claim Union Pacific failed to monitor and test its work sites for toxic substances that could sicken workers, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Union Pacific, the second-largest ... Read More

Diesel Fumes May Trigger ALS in Truck Drivers, Study Finds

Commercial truck drivers and workers in other occupations who are routinely exposed to diesel fumes may be at a significantly higher risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an incurable neurodegenerative disease, a new Harvard study indicates. According to HealthDay, study author Aisha Dickerson, a postdoctoral research fellow with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that truck drivers and others with regular exposure to diesel fumes were 40 percent more likely to develop ALS than those with no regular exposure. Diesel exhaust contains a multitude of toxic compounds that individually or in combination could trigger the development ... Read More

Hunt For Benzene Contamination Source Continues In Fire-Damaged Santa Rosa

Benzene contamination continues to haunt the city of Santa Rosa, California, months after deadly wildfires consumed parts of the city. And now new tests have indicated that benzene contamination may be affecting the water supply in a larger area than previously thought. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat has been reporting on the city’s ongoing benzene problem in the Fountainhead neighborhood in the northern part of the city limits. Parts of the Fountainhead area were completely decimated by the October wildfires, especially a 184-acrea area encompassing Fountaingrove Parkway around Fir Ridge Drive. That part of the city used to be home ... Read More

Shell Chemical To Reduce Benzene, Other Pollutants at Louisiana Facility

Toxic benzene and other harmful emissions will be drastically reduced in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, thanks to a $10 million settlement between Shell Chemical LP and federal and state authorities who accused the chemical corporation of illegally discharging tons of air pollutants. The settlement comes in the form of a consent decree requiring Shell Chemical to invest $10 million in the installation and operation of air pollution control and monitoring technology at the company’s Norco, Louisiana chemical plant. The equipment is expected to reduce annual benzene emissions by about 18 tons per year and other environmentally harmful volatile organic compounds ... Read More

Benzene Water Contamination Plagues Fire-Damaged California City

Santa Rosa, California, city officials say their “top priority” is finding the source of benzene that is poisoning the water supply in the Fountaingrove neighborhood after wildfires swept through the area and destroyed hundreds of homes. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that the city’s water authorities have spent several weeks working with regulators and experts to understand why benzene, a toxic hydrocarbon commonly found in fossil fuels and plastics, is contaminating the water supply. According to the Press Democrat, those trying to understand the problem suspect that the heat of the wildfires, which destroyed about 3,000 homes in the ... Read More

Alabama Benzene Spill Site Removed From EPA Priority List

More than 50 years after a massive benzene spill released from a derailed train contaminated a South Alabama community, the federal government has removed the site from a list of one of America’s most polluted places. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that all monitoring wells at the Perdido Groundwater Contamination Site in north Baldwin County have shown levels of benzene to be below 5 micrograms per liter five consecutive years – the target of the cleanup plan and low enough to warrant its removal from the Superfund National Priorities List. Anyone who lived in Alabama in 1965 likely ... Read More

Anadarko Benzene Spill Cleanup Underway In Colorado

Cleanup efforts are underway to remove tons of benzene contaminated soil and water from an Anadarko battery tank site in Dacono, Colorado, a community just east of Boulder. The Texas-based petroleum corporation notified the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the agency that regulates the state’s fossil fuels industry, of the toxic benzene spill, which it discovered when excavating an old pump earlier this month. Benzene is a cancer-causing chemical that is formed in natural processes, such as volcanoes and forest fires, but most exposures to benzene result from oil and gas production, factory waste, and other human activities. ... Read More

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

The Real Victims of Fracking Pollution are Children, Researchers Say

Researchers have analyzed U.S. fracking sites, suggesting that pollution from the controversial process could affect neurodevelopment of babies and children. Extracting shale gas through the process of fracking, a method of drilling using highly pressurized fluids, could be releasing dangerous pollutants that pose a health risk to infants and children. Other countries such as France, Ireland, and Germany have banned fracking over environmental concerns. In the U.S., however, the practice is growing rapidly. According to The Guardian, the research team focused their efforts on five major clusters of pollutants, including heavy metals, hormone-disrupting chemicals and particulates. The negative effects of the ... Read More