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Benzene Air Pollution Tests Requested for North Weymouth

Air quality tests have been requested for the North Weymouth, Massachusetts, area to check for benzene pollution levels. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston has announced that he will ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct air quality tests in the surrounding neighborhoods of North Weymouth where Spectra Energy has proposed the placement of a natural gas compressor station. The community has fought the installation of the station, The Patriot Ledger reports, because they are concerned about the reduced air quality and possible benzene pollution. Lynch advised the reason for the request is to compare the air samples to those gathered by an independent ... Read More

Ohio Superfund site subject of EPA inquiry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has demanded updated information on the Cardington Road Landfill, a Superfund site, to check the pollution status. The landfill, located in Moraine, Ohio, has been closed and covered since about 1980. The contamination, however, has been an ongoing concern. For this reason, the EPA is now conducting its fourth five-year review on the landfill’s conditions, WHIO.com reports. The Cardington Road Landfill is a 36-acre site that made the National Priorities List in 1986. According to the EPA website, the most concerning contaminates include benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene, xylenes, and many other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are ... Read More

Oklahoma Woman Says Roundup Caused her Cancer

An Oklahoma woman who spent much of her life working with and around the weed killer Roundup has filed a lawsuit against its maker Monsanto, alleging the herbicide’s ingredients caused her to develop chronic lymphoma leukemia. Francene Lisle, a recent transplant to Oklahoma from Kansas City, told Fox 4 Kansas City that she was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2015 after her doctor found her white blood cell count was abnormally high. Ms. Lisle began searching for clues to her illness. She had no family history of chronic lymphoma leukemia, so she probed other possible causes. That’s when she discovered ... Read More

Are Benzene Fumes Inside Your Car Making You Sick?

Owner manuals for newer automobiles recommend drivers turn their AC off and open their vehicle’s windows for the first couple of minutes of driving on mildly warm and hot days. But why? According to Staten Island Advance, this seemingly strange tip is offered as a way to reduce the level of toxic benzene fumes emitted from the plastic surfaces inside an enclosed vehicle without so much as stating the reason. Benzene is a chemical that has been linked to acute myeloid leukemia and other blood-cell cancers. Regular exposure to benzene can also damage liver and kidney function and damage bone ... Read More

iPhone Factories using Benzene in China

Factories in China that are producing Apple iPhones as well as other products are using benzene and other poisonous chemicals in their manufacturing, and it’s allegedly making the workers sick. In a new documentary titled “Complicit,” Yi Yeting is featured. He traveled from his home in rural China to to Shenzhen, a city close to the Hong Kong border, where he was hired as a worker in a large state-owned manufacturing company. Two years later, at the age of 24, Yi was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors confirmed the disease was due to his daily extended exposure to benzene at his job. Yi ... Read More

Manufacturer With History of Benzene Emissions Served With Federal Search Warrant

Three federal agencies served a search warrant April 18 to an Erie, Pennsylvania, manufacturer with a history of pollution problems. GoErie.com reports that the search warrant was served to Erie Coke Corp. by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Criminal Investigations Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but the agencies provided little details to the public about the reason for the action. “EPA can confirm a federal search warrant is being served at the 925 E. Bay Street in Erie, Pa.,” the EPA said in a news release, according to GoErie.com. “This search ... Read More

EPA Took six Months to Inform residents of Toxic Benzene Levels

When the benzene level in the air at Kim Cupples’ Lansing Township, Michigan, home was found to exceed the state’s evacuation threshold, she says authorities including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) didn’t inform her for six months. During the EPA’s routine screening in March 2016, Cupples’ home measured 1.6 micrograms per cubic meter, then in July 2016 measured 5.96 micrograms per cubic meter. The EPA’s screening level requiring further evaluation is .36, and the state’s evacuation level is 3.6 micrograms per cubic meter. Despite the extremely high levels, the EPA took six months after the testing to “validate” the results and send ... Read More

Two Porter Ranch Residents Diagnosed with Rare Form of Leukemia linked to benzene exposure

From October 2015 to February 2016, an estimated 97,000 metric tons of natural gas spewed from a storage well in Porter Ranch, Southern California. Around 8,000 families were relocated to prevent long-term exposure to toxic fumes such as benzene, a known link to cancer. Now, 18 months later, two of those Porter Ranch residents are fighting for their lives. Aliya Hall, age 7, spends a lot of her time at Children’s Hospital undergoing chemotherapy. Zaven Islikaplan, 63, spends more time at the hospital than at home due to his brutal rounds of chemo that require regular breathing treatments. Their diagnoses are identical: acute myeloid leukemia (AML), ... Read More

Nigerian court labels Fanta and Sprite ‘ticking health bomb’ for benzene

A Nigerian court has labeled Coke products Fanta and Sprite manufactured by the Nigerian Bottle Company as unfit for human consumption due to to the chemical reaction within the drinks that it says produces benzene. Nine years of deliberation has led to the court’s decision to declare the two drinks “poisonous,” because the high levels of benzoic acid and ascorbic acid combine to produce benzene. The chemical benzene is a known human carcinogen that has been linked to serious blood diseases such as leukemia, specifically AML and MDS. World Now News described the drinks as a “ticking health bomb.” The struggle began ... Read More

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