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Austrailian Taxpayers May Face $98m Hydrocarbon Clean-up

Two years ago, a massive plume of toxic chemicals was discovered beneath the site of a Sydney waterfront development. Now Australia’s tax payers face footing the $98m clean-up bill. Australia’s Environment Protection Authority just declared that chemical leaching of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene and cyanide at the site poses "a significant risk of harm […]

National Marrow Donor Program Needs More Asian Donors

Anh Nguyen Reiss, a 43-year-old Vietnamese immigrant, a mother, and an obstetrician/gynecologist in Houston, was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndromes this year. She requires a matching Vietnamese stem cell donor to survive.

Evacuations at St. Josephs University After Benzene Spill

John McDevitt of Philadelphia’s KYW radio said the following regarding the incident this week at St. Josephs: One person was being treated and dozens of others were evacuated after a hazardous chemical spilled inside a lab at St. Joseph’s University’s science center. The mishap occurred around 12:30pm. Fire officials say the substance — benzene — […]

U.S. Steel Reveals Benzene Cleanup Plans

U.S. Steel has just released the details of their plans to clean up an underground benzene plume that has been seeping into Lake Michigan from the company’s Gary Steel Works. Benzene levels in the groundwater were up to 600 times the federal drinking water limit. Though the exact source and of the benzene is difficult […]

Stephen Colbert Blasts Seattle Activist’s Fireworks Lawsuit

On Tuesday Stephen Colbert, the Comedy Central "news commentator" railed against a lake city man who filed a lawsuit saying that the city of Seattle must conduct an environmental review prior to it’s Fourth of July fire works show at the city’s Gas Works Park. Gas Works…ummm… Park? The area is a partially remediated toxic […]

Oregon Outlaws Topping Off At The Pumps In Move To Curb Airborne Benzene

Are you in the habit of squeezing a few extra drops into your tank after the pump has automatically shut off? If so don’t try it in Oregon! The state has outlawed topping off in an effort to reduce airborne levels of benzene, a known carcinogen. Uri Papish, air quality program operations manager for the […]

Texas Family Sues Chevron, Blames Benzene for Father’s Death

The widow and children of a deceased Texas man have filed a lawsuit against Chevron alleging that the man died wrongfully as a result of benzene exposure. "As a result of such exposure, Luther Wesley Miller, developed multiple myeloma from which he died a painful and terrible death on Feb. 7, 2008," the lawsuit  filed […]

Senator Charles E. Schumer Speaks Out On Benzene Emissions

New York Senator Charles E. Schumer has written a letter to the owner of the Tonawana Coke Corperation strongly urging the company to take swift action to reduce harmful benzene emissions.  Schumer noted that the plant had reduced emissions of certain toxins, but said that "much more needs to be done to reduce the amount […]

Understanding Benzene Exposure

What is benzene? Benzene is a commodity chemical widely used by the industrial sector in the production of an extensive list of everyday items. While very useful, benzene is also a well understood carcinogen that destroys the body’s ability to create blood cells, severely damaging the immune system. Benzene exposure leads to a number debilitating […]

Azacitidine Treatment “Significantly Extends Overall Survival” For Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients

This article discusses recent studies on the success of azacitidine (Vidaza®) treatment in reducing transfusion dependency, and increasing overall survival in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. Data presented at the 14th Congress of the European Society of Hematology demonstrate that treatment with azacitidine (Vidaza®) significantly extends overall survival and helps patients with myelodysplastic […]