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Benzene: A sweet-smelling killer

Benzene, a key ingredient in gasoline, is a sweet-smelling chemical that is used to make plastics, lubricants, dyes and adhesives. It has also been suspected as a link to several blood disorders and cancers, specifically leukemia. As the 17th-most produced chemical in the U.S., benzene can be found in cigarettes and car exhaust fumes. Before federal regulators set occupational exposure limits in 1987, benzene was a common solvent used in pure form by offshore workers and petrochemical industry workers. Other workers who may be at risk are auto mechanics, gas station attendants and even printers because of the extended periods of ... Read More

Citgo hit with $2 million fine for toxic emissions and migratory bird deaths

Citgo Petroleum Corp. said it will appeal a Texas federal judge’s decision to fine the oil giant more than $2 million for illegally operating oil tanks in Corpus Christi, Texas, without covers, which exposed nearby residents to a multitude of toxins, and for intentionally allowing migratory birds to die within those tanks for several years. U.S. District Judge John Rainey issued the fines to Citgo and subsidiary company Citgo Refining & Chemicals Co. for violations of the federal Clean Air Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The fines stem from the corporations’ 2007 jury convictions that Citgo operated oil-water ... Read More

After 8 industrial worker deaths in 4 months, OSHA vows to do more

Deputy Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a warning to the petrochemical and energy industries today, prompted by the deaths of 58 workers in just the last four months. Eleven of those deaths occurred when the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20. Fifteen days prior to the BP oil rig disaster, 29 miners were killed in a West Virginia coal mine explosion. That mine is owned by Massey Energy, another company with a long and troubled history of federal safety violations. In testimony before a congressional panel on workplace ... Read More