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Benzene was identified as a carcinogen and can cause various forms of leukemia from just five years of exposure.
EPA estimates show that exposure to benzene has affected 50% of the U.S. population through industrial sources.
Benzene Exposure Lawsuit
The dangers of benzene have been known since the 1920s but business still allowed workers to be exposed to high levels of the dangerous chemical everyday and releasing a large amount of benzene into the environment. It was not until 1977 that the EPA listed benzene as a hazardous air pollutant due to the increased incidence of leukemia that was occurring. At the time, benzene was one of the largest volume chemicals produced in the U.S and today it still ranks in the top 20 chemicals for production volume. Although the risk for environmental exposure to benzene has been substantially reduced over the years, workers continue to suffer serious health problems.
"Criminal Indictments in Barge Benzene Case"
June 18, 2007