Environmentalists seek EPA help in finishing Texas benzene study

Two groups have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to help support the completion of a study of benzene levels and conduct an audit of refinery tanks in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area. A pilot study showed what critics contend was an alarming amount of the chemical in the blood and urine of residents living near an industrial section of the city, but a second study of airborne benzene levels found those levels to be far below what's considered harmful. The two groups are asking for EPA funding to finish a full-scale study based on the pilot study, which was being completed when the scientist leading it died July 1.

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Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Texas) (free content)

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