Five-state study finds high levels of airborne chemicals near oil and gas sites

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

A study of air emissions near oil and gas wells found strikingly high levels of benzene and other dangerous chemicals in some locations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Formaldehyde":

"… r stations, which pressurize natural gas so it can flow through pipelines. Formaldehyde can be a byproduct of the facilities' engines.  Breathe Easy Susqueh …"

Clean Air case yields rare criminal convictions in New York

By Sam Pearson

A NY coke plant and its environmental manager, convicted of felony Clean Air violations, await sentencing — as residents push for relief.

Excerpts from this story referencing "coke oven gas":

"… ch was convicted of five counts of violating the Clean Air Act by emitting coke oven gas from an unpermitted emission source, along with other convictions for oper …"

"… ct. “From the evidence of this case, where literally hundreds of tons of coke oven gas containing benzene was released into the atmosphere and significant quanti …"

"… lf hours to reach a verdict. At trial, prosecutors said the plant released coke oven gas, containing benzene, through an unreported pressure relief valve. The comp …"

"… at the unreported pressure relief valve, during normal operations, emitted coke oven gas directly into the air, in violation of the TCC’s operating permit,” th …"

'Upset' emissions: Flares in the air, worry on the ground

By Kristen Lombardi and Andrea Fuller

Residents living along the chemical corridor of Texas and Louisiana often encounter 'upset' emissions -- triggering pollution, health fears.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… osed to the poster child of all upsets — the “40-day Release” at the BP refinery, in Texas City, which belched 514,795 pounds of benzene and 20 ot …"

"… ell and platelet counts than their Houston counterparts. The data suggests BP’s release may have increased their risk of developing such cancers as le …"

"… of developing such cancers as leukemia, the doctor says. In a statement, BP says it does “not believe any negative health impacts resulted from” i …"

"… erring to pending litigation filed by 47,830 residents and workers against BP alleging health ailments caused by the release. D’Andrea has not been hi …"

BP engulfed in lawsuit over 40-day Texas flare

By Kristen Lombardi

Two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP was involved in another major pollution case in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… 4.5 billion in fines, corporate guilty pleas to 14 criminal charges and an Environmental Protection Agency ban of the company from new government contracts, the …"

In U.S. Steel town, fatal gas explosion goes unpunished by OSHA

By Jim Morris

The 2009 death of Nick Revetta exposes flaws in the system designed to protect American workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "coke oven gas":

"… ed to separate “light oil” containing benzene, xylene and toluene from coke oven gas; the chemical byproducts in the oil are then sold. Nick was standing near …"

"… ing a co-worker install a flat piece of steel between flanges on a 30-inch coke oven gas line in the Clairton Plant's B Battery. The "blank" was supposed to block …"

"… ore severely. OSHA said the procedure approved by U.S. Steel — allowing coke oven gas to keep flowing through the line rather than shutting it off and purging i …"

"… the lawsuit uncovered evidence of company culpability. U.S. Steel allowed coke oven gas to enter a line that was supposed to have been out of service, says Robert …"

Landmark diesel exhaust study stalled amid industry and congressional objections

By Jim Morris

Publication of a landmark government study of lung cancer in miners is delayed by an industry group and its congressional allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "emeritus professor of environmental health":

"… e for Occupational Safety and Health are under lock and key.Richard Clapp, emeritus professor of environmental health at Boston University, is among several public health experts who called th …"

EPA's Toxics Release Inventory doesn't offer full picture of pollution

By Corbin Hiar

Agency database shows emissions are down overall, but self-reporting makes the data suspect

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… fired power plants to install new pollution controls or shut down. …"

Where regulators failed, citizens took action — testing their own air

Citizens concerned about toxic emissions near Buffalo tested the air themselves - forcing complacent regulators to act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Benzene":

"… m had reported to the EPA in 2009 as part of the Toxics Release Inventory. Benzene has been associated with blood disorders, infertility, and cancer, especia …"

"… ’s pollution fighters are not satisfied with the government’s deal. “Benzene is very nasty. It’s a carcinogen,” said James-Creedon. “It is not en …"

Senate bill aims to tighten regulation of oil spill dispersants

By Chris Hamby and Jim Morris

Reacting to health worries about chemical dispersants used in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg intro

Excerpts from this story referencing "Frank Lautenberg":

"… ispersants used in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require the Environmental P …"