Posted in American Petroleum Institute Directives for Bush Administration, ATSDR, Benzene, Benzene Hexachloride, BP Products - British Petroleum, Cancer Awareness Begins Here, Chevron/Texaco, Critical Health Information, Crude Health Hazards, Dow Chemical, Du Pont, Eli Lilly/Elanco, Exxon, Flame Retardants, GE Plastics, General Electric, Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking), Infant Leukemia, National Cancer Institute & American Cancer Society, Natural Gas, Natural Gas, Organizations Providing Critical Information, Required reading, Resources & Information for Gulf Residents & Workers impacted by the Oil Spill, Trade Secrets, Understanding Synthetic Chemicals, Vinyl Chloride, tagged Benzene, Leukemia, Natural Gas, Precautionary Principle, toxic tort litigation, White House Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs on January 18, 2015| 1 Comment » New battlefront for petrochemical industry: benzene and childhood leukemia by Kristen Lombardi for The Center For Public Integrity ATHENS, Georgia — It was December 29, 1998, six years after Jill Mc Elheney and her family had moved next to a cluster of 12 petroleum storage tanks.
“Unfortunately, he died 2 years ago from bone cancer.
Aimed at curbing “fugitive” emissions from equipment leaks and similar releases, the proposal would set a fence line limit for benzene of 3 parts per billion — a fraction of the 10 ppb the agency recommends as the maximum chronic exposure level for the chemical. In written comments, the API’s Matthew Todd called the proposal “a major and significant Agency action [that] will dramatically increase the paperwork and recordkeeping burden on refineries.
It includes several precedent-setting proposals, will cost our industry hundreds of millions of dollars per year, increase safety risk [and] may impact fuels production and cost ….
“It was one of those light-bulb moments for us,” said Jeff Mc Elheney, Jarrett’s father.
“You never get over it.” New battlefront for industry Jarrett Mc Elheney does not represent the standard benzene plaintiff.