Massive oil refinery leaks toxic chemical in the middle of Philadelphia

Massive oil refinery leaks toxic chemical in the middle of Philadelphia

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/, January 16, 2020
By: Corbin Hiar and Lisa Riordan Seville

Last May, an air monitor on the border of the East Coast’s largest oil refinery recorded a level of benzene, a cancer-causing gas, more than 21 times the federal limit.

In June, an explosive early morning fire rocked the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, terrifying nearby residents. Weeks after the disaster, as PES filed for bankruptcy and wound down operations, another air monitor in the network that rings the facility quietly registered the same sky-high reading for benzene. Long-term exposure to the sweet-smelling chemical has been linked to leukemia, lymphoma and a host of blood and immune system disorders. Read more.

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