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Benzene contaminates the air and has been identified as one of the unhealthiest air pollutants. Gasoline emissions are the predominant source of benzene emissions, but benzene in the environment also comes from burning fields and forests.
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After the September 11th attacks, the outpouring of selfless acts was tremendous. Firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel raced to save victims at the disaster site. But recently, medical experts have suggested that years from now these volunteers may have a risk of developing cancer. There were 1.2 million tons of debris at Ground Zero containing dangerous chemicals, including benzene. The chemical benzene is a carcinogen that has been found to cause leukemia.
Cars pose high risk for benzene exposure
A study found that new cars contain vinyl and plastic materials that emit gases containing the carcinogenic chemical benzene. This exposure to benzene is characterized by that new car smell. Commuters driving in polluted cities may think that using the air conditioning instead of opening the windows to pollution is a better health measure. In fact, its about two to ten times more polluted inside a vehicle on a congested freeway or a major street, according to Mel Zeldin of the California South Coast Air Quality Management District. Carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene, can become trapped inside your car from the exhaust of the vehicle in front of you. The 1996 estimates from the EPA by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group showed that 63 counties exceeded the level for benzene in vehicle exhaust.
$11.2 million waste case settlement for benzene infested New York waters
One of the largest hazardous waste case settlements was negotiated in December 2001, involving Exxon Mobil Corporation's illegal polution of New York waters with benzene. The settlement amount is inclusive of $8.2 million in civil penalties and $3 million to buy and restore land in New York City. The suit was first filed in 1996 by the U.S. government against Mobil Oil Corp. for mismanaging benzene-contaminated waste at its petroleum products storage and distribution terminal. The human carcinogen, benzene, was a regulated hazardous waste as of 1990. In the settlement, Exxon admitted liability for discharging hazardous waste between the years 1991-1993 into two large artificial ponds without a permit and without legally required environmental protection measures. EPA officials found through testing that the levels of benzene were 20 times greater than allowed.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to benzene at the workplace or at home, and would like to learn more about your legal rights, contact a benzene lawyer with our legal team. We will help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.