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Galena Park in Houston Shows Levels of Benzene Higher than “Acceptable”

The Air Alliance Houston has released a report showing that Galena Park, which is reputed to have pockets of benzene throughout the area, has levels of benzene that are higher than acceptable based on standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Air Alliance Houston and other environmental groups successfully sued the EPA in 2012 to push federal regulators toward installing monitoring systems to assess the levels of benzene emitted from the oil refineries close by. Adrian Shelley, the executive director of Air Alliance Houston, decided to try the equipment for herself. “We wanted to get our hands on the equipment and try it ... Read More

Drug to treat rare disorders recalled for third time since August

Alexion Pharmaceuticals has issued the third recall since August of its sole approved drug Soliris after visible particles were seen in some vials during periodic testing. If injected, the particles could pose safety risks to patients in two general areas – first it could cause immune reaction and blood clots. Secondly, particles could cause blockage of blood flow in vessels, which could be life threatening. Soliris is approved as a treatment for patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare, acquired, potentially life-threatening blood disease; and patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, (aHUS), a rare disease in children that causes ... Read More