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Benzene was identified as a carcinogen and can cause various forms of leukemia from just five years of exposure.

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EPA estimates show that exposure to benzene has affected 50% of the U.S. population through industrial sources.

Benzene Exposure Lawsuit

Everyday, workers are exposed to benzene, the human carcinogen that has been responsible for instances of acute myelogenous leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, in addition to other forms of cancer and leukemia. While workers have the highest risk for becoming inflicted with adverse effects of benzene, benzene exists in the environment and in consumer products, putting everyone at risk to develop potentially deadly health conditions.

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.

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"Criminal Indictments in Barge Benzene Case"

June 18, 2007
Today a federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky returned criminal indictments against the Canal Barge Company, Inc. (CBC) of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, and three CBC employees. The indictment alleges that in June 2005, CBC Barge 222 experienced a benzene leak while on the Ohio River in Henderson County, Kentucky, and that the defendant employees patched the leak, did not report it to the U.S. Coast Guard as required by law, and several days later passed the barge on to another barge company without informing the second company of the benzene link.

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