‘Benzene’ Category

Indonesia Caps Benzene Levels in Gasoline

Indonesia has ordered oil companies to reduce benzene levels in gasoline sold in that country. The new lower limits will go into effect in July 2017. Indonesia’s National Environment Agency (NEA) reportedly has decided that gasoline sold there may not contain more than one percent benzene.

New One Percent Cap on Benzene in Gasoline to Take Effect Next Year

Indonesia’s new benzene...

Mixed Messages About Benzene in New Jersey Groundwater

Groundwater samples taken last year from underneath the former Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury, New Jersey found elevated levels of benzene, ammonia and arsenic. New Jersey’s groundwater water quality standard (GWQS) for benzene is 1 part per billion (ppb). Benzene concentrations found in the groundwater underneath the former dumpsite ranged from 1.8 ppb to 3 ppb. Still, according to Maser...

Benzene Cleanup Underway in Lake Erie

The U.S. Coast Guard has begun salvage operations to offload 4,700 barrels of benzene and other toxic chemicals from a sunken barge that went down in Lake Erie in 1937. Benzene is one of the top twenty chemicals used most often by American industry. When exposed to benzene over a long period of time, workers are at risk for developing acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome....

French Study Links Benzene and Childhood Leukemia

It is well documented that benzene exposure causes AML, a form of leukemia, and other blood disorders in painters, mechanics, seamen and other workers exposed to the toxic substance in petroleum-based paints, thinners and solvents. But recent studies confirm that you don’t have to work hands-on with benzene to be injured by it. A French study found that benzene-contaminated traffic emissions...

$8.2M Verdict In Texas Benzene Trial Against DuPont

DuPont’s Concealment of Benzene Dangers Created Cancer Hazard for Workers

DALLAS — A Dallas, Texas jury has awarded $8.2 million to a 60-year-old Texas man battling MDS/AML, a form of leukemia caused by his exposure to benzene contained in paint and thinners manufactured by E.I. Du Pont De Nemours (DuPont). Virgil Hood handled DuPont’s toxic products on...

Monitoring Benzene Levels Prevents Harmful Exposure

Dangerous benzene exposure is a risk for workers and for those in the community living near petroleum refineries where ambient benzene occurs around the fence to the plant. Benzene exposure causes a number of blood cancers and diseases, such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome.

Wireless Gas Monitoring Systems Available to Cut Risk of Benzene Exposure


California Court Rules in Favor Of Benzene Worker With Leukemia

A California court of appeals reportedly has ruled that a trial judge was wrong to throw out a benzene lawsuit brought by an automotive mechanic exposed to benzene supplied by United States Steel Corp. The mechanic had worked with Liquid Wrench, a product that contained the toxic benzene chemical.

Automotive Mechanic’s Benzene Lawsuit Reinstated by California Appellate Court


Benzene From Keystone XL Threat to Drinking Water

Benzene exposure is an established cause of several blood diseases, particularly acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome. For many, their disease is associated with benzene exposure on the job. Benzene is commonly used in American industry. It is also highly toxic. For many living in South Dakota near the Keystone XL pipeline, benzene exposure is a serious...

New Drugs Being Developed for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Like other forms of leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia is caused by benzene exposure. Benzene exposure is not uncommon among workers in many industries, including those who work around gasoline and crude oil, which both contain benzene. The U.S. government estimates that Americans used 137 billion gallons of gasoline in 2014.

Acute myeloid leukemia develops in the blood and marrow....

Illinois Town to Abandon Benzene-Contaminated Government Building

The village of Roxana, Illinois is getting a new garage to house its street department workers and equipment. The current building reportedly sits atop an enormous plume of underground benzene.

Illinois Village to Spend $1.5 Million to Escape Benzene-Contaminated Facility

For decades, the Roxana street department garage has been located on top of a dangerous plume of benzene. The toxic...

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