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Benzene May Swell Cancer Risk

Ohio Environmental Council, July 29, 2013

Another study has linked air pollution with cancer and health impacts.

Researchers at Emory University recently found that the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was higher near businesses that emitted benzene into the air.

Benzene is a carcinogen, it is colorless, smells sweet, and is highly flammable. Benzene comes from many sources – crude oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, and manufacturing.

We are urging the Ohio EPA to look at this report as information to require top benzene polluters to reduce their emissions.

For diesel vehicles, the state should adopt clean construction requirements to require the use of only newer, more efficient, and less polluting diesel equipment on public projects. Ohio can also combat pollution from semi trucks by developing emission testing program for semis.

Read story in the Columbus Distpatch.