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Incidences of Blood Cancer are Significantly Higher Near Plants that Release Benzene

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a blood cancer that has been on the rise in the last few decades, likely due to the increase of industrial production throughout the U.S. Many refineries and plants release a chemical carcinogen called benzene that is linked to blood cancers such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Catherine Bulka, MPH, used data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) U.S. Census Bureau to check patterns of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases that occurred between 1999 and 2008 throughout the state of Georgia. She worked with Dr. Christopher Flowers his team in the Lymphoma Program at Emory University to analyze new cases of the blood cancer and the ... Read More

Pipeline rupture leaves section of California City knee-deep in oil

Half a square mile of Glendale, Calif., in Los Angeles County is knee-deep in crude oil after an estimated 10,000 gallons of crude oil escaped from a ruptured above-ground pipeline in the early morning hours on Friday. The Los Angeles Fire Department said that it had crews in the area “hand vacuuming” the spilled oil, “mopping what’s left behind, and pressure washing the area with a sap solution,” according to Reuters. The leak was first reported about 12:15 a.m. Pacific time in the 5100 block of San Fernando Road and shot up to 50 feet in the air, according to ... Read More