Production outages will likely occur.” The EPA also heard from the people the rule is designed to protect.
“We live near a refinery, and as a result my son can’t breathe,” a woman from Fontana, California, wrote in Spanish.
“My cousin had respiratory problems while living near a refinery for more than 10 years,” a woman from Houston wrote, also in Spanish.
“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.
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 ….
Phil Skinner for the Center for Public Integrity Now vacant and overgrown with brush, the former site of the Oakwood Mobile Home Park lies across a residential street from Southeast Terminals, its tanks rising above a thicket of pines and oaks.
All day, every day, trucks drive in and out of the facility’s gates, filling tankers with gasoline and other products.California is considering classifying benzene not just as a human carcinogen, but as a “toxic air contaminant which may disproportionately impact children.” “The fact that benzene impacts the blood-forming organs when you’re a developing child is a big deal,” said Melanie Marty of the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. A warm, garrulous mother of five who has schooled herself in the health effects of pollution, she has spent the past 16 years seeking the cause of her son’s leukemia.She has filed open-records requests and contacted state and federal agencies, piecing together a history of gasoline spills and diesel-fuel leaks at Southeast Terminals.In May, in a sign of the chemical’s continuing threat, the U. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that 5 million Americans — excluding workers — face heightened cancer risks from benzene and 68 other carcinogens spewed into the air by the nation’s 149 oil refineries.The EPA has proposed a rule that would require refinery operators to monitor for benzene, in particular, along their fence lines.She can cite endless details about lingering benzene contamination on terminal property — extensively catalogued in state enforcement files — located “a stone’s throw away” from the trailer park where her family lived for seven years.