Benzene is a chemical used in the production of most synthetic materials derived from petroleum--including lubricants, plastics, rubbers, dyes, detergents, and even some drugs. By the time it reaches the final product, nearly all benzene has been converted into non-toxic materials. Chemical manufacturing plants need to closely tend to their benzene supplies to make sure that no leaks occur.
When there are benzene leaks, these are hazardous to workers as well as the general populace, sometimes even resulting in cases of CML, or chronic myeloid leukemia. Benzene can easily enter the drinking water supply, and affect thousands of people at once. The EPA requires that any spill of more than ten pounds of benzene be reported as a chemical spill, and allows no more than 0.005 milligrams per liter of benzene to be found in any drinking water supply.
Benzene can reach a drinking water supply through chemical spills or through leaky gasoline storage tanks. Benzene is an additive to gas fuels, and was especially common many years ago. Old or improperly-tended gas reserves underground can leak gasoline into the groundwater, exposing an entire community to benzene.
Benzene exposure has been linked to many forms of leukemia, including chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) so if you suspect there is benzene in your drinking water, act now. Call the Benzene Leukemia Legal Defense Team to see if you have a case. If you do, we'll find someone to represent you and your community in legal action that can result in cleanup and compensation.