An article in Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate says precautionary tests were performed on a number of ExxonMobil Chemical Plant employees and contractors after a leak of a liquid that contained benzene.
Benzene, a known carcinogen, has been linked with some forms of leukemia.
The Advocate reports that a leak in a bleeder line was discovered and an unknown quantity of benzene spilled on the ground. Although the amount of benzene released was unknown, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality said it’s expected to be above reportable levels. The reportable level for benzene is 10 pounds or more, according to the report.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists benzene as a cancer-causing material, and says short-term exposure can cause drowsiness, dizziness, headaches and irritation of the eyes, skin or respiratory system.
If you believe you’ve been harmed by exposure to benzene, contact Lopez McHugh for a free case evaluation. See the report here: