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‘Benzene’ Category

Outdated OSHA rules fail to shield tech workers from toxic exposure

Outdated OSHA rules fail to shield tech workers from toxic exposure

Workers in manufacturing facilities across the tech sector are at increasing risk from exposure to hazardous chemicals thanks to federal regulations that are woefully outdated and a business community that has failed to take worker safety seriously.

Former Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Director David Michaels estimates that 90 percent of the permissible exposure...

ExxonMobil Hit with $725M Verdict for Failure to Warn About Cancer-Causing Benzene in Gasoline

ExxonMobil Hit with $725M Verdict for Failure to Warn About Cancer-Causing Benzene in Gasoline

Philly jury finds benzene in gasoline caused former mechanic’s leukemia diagnosis

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia jury has returned a $725.5 million verdict against ExxonMobil, finding the company’s failure to warn about the known health risks of exposure to cancer-causing benzene in its petroleum products was responsible for a former service station mechanic’s acute myeloid...

Fear, Unease in the Shadows of the Petrochemical Industry

Fear, Unease in the Shadows of the Petrochemical Industry

Toxic chemicals released from recurring fires, explosions and industrial mishaps have become an inevitable part of life for families living in the shadows of petrochemical plants clustered in east and southeast Houston communities like Deer Park.

Life goes on while fears linger that the next catastrophe is not a matter of “if,” but “when.”

Reassurances ring...

Ohio Train Derailment Released Benzene, Other Hazardous Chemicals

Ohio Train Derailment Health Risks

Ohio Train Derailment Released Benzene, Other Hazardous Chemicals

Nearly a year after the fiery crash of a train carrying deadly chemicals, residents in and around East Palestine, Ohio, face uncertainty about a wide range of potentially serious health risks from exposure to chemicals including vinyl chloride and benzene.

Residents are unsure whether to stay and risk exposure to carcinogens that have blanketed the area and killed thousands of fish and...

Toxic Exposure Part of Life for Residents Near Chemical Plants

Toxic Exposure near Chemical Plants

Toxic Exposure Part of Life for Residents Near Chemical Plants

Across the country, communities located near manufacturing and industrial sites face elevated risks of toxic exposure, putting nearby residents in greater danger for developing cancer and other serious health complications. Recent assessments by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and city officials in Houston confirm that families living near chemical plants in a Houston-area suburb are...

Industries in EPA Crosshairs for Cancer-Causing Chemicals

EPA Chemical Plant Regulations

Industries in EPA Crosshairs for Cancer-Causing Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing tough new regulations that would significantly reduce hazardous air pollutants from chemical plants.

The proposal targets facilities that produce the highly toxic chemicals ethylene oxide (EtO) and chloroprene. The crackdown announced in April 2023 came nearly 18 months after ProPublica reported that an estimated 74 million...

‘Cancer Alley’ Polluter Agrees to Reduce Toxic Emissions

Cancer Alley Settlement Reduces Toxic Emissions

‘Cancer Alley’ Polluter Agrees to Reduce Toxic Emissions

Toxic air pollutants will be significantly reduced along a notorious stretch of land in Southeastern Louisiana known as Cancer Alley, following a settlement reached in a federal lawsuit. The area is home to dozens of chemical plants that release hazardous emissions into the air.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the settlement with German chemical company Evonik...

Toxic Exposure Concerns Grow During Train Derailment Cleanup

Ohio Train Derailment Health Risks

Toxic Exposure Concerns Grow During Train Derailment Cleanup

As cleanup efforts continue months after a freight train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, concerns persist about toxic exposure from hazardous chemicals that leaked or burned following the accident.

Government officials have assured residents that the air and municipal water supply are safe, however, local residents have complained about a range of symptoms, including headaches, sore...

Chemical fires, toxic contamination expose limits of EPA regulation

Benzene Exposure Lawsuit

Chemical fires, toxic contamination expose limits of EPA regulation

A life-threatening chemical fire at a Houston-area industrial plant is the latest example of the limits of government regulations to protect Americans from toxic exposure.

A recent joint investigation by Public Health Watch, the Texas Tribune and Grist details how Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) wracked up a long list of safety warnings and fines in the more than 15 years...

Poor, Minority Communities Bear Brunt of ‘Cancer Alley’ Exposure

Louisiana's Cancer Alley

Poor, Minority Communities Bear Brunt of ‘Cancer Alley’ Exposure

Much has been written about Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, a region comprising more than 100 miles along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. This stretch of land is home to many manufacturing plants and is known for high levels of air pollution. As a result of that pollution, it is also known for higher-than-normal rates of cancer, respiratory diseases and birth defects. Recent...

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