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    to have some level that it uses to address safety. Even if it is false.

    The American Petroleum Institute (API) stated in 1948 that "it is generally considered that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero."[API Report]
    Even the American Petroleum Institute has not reversed or modified that statement. Because 65 years have only shown that it is unsafe at any concentration.

    The people in the area - not just the one neighborhood, have experienced headaches and other symptoms associated with benzene. The lessons unlearned from all the years of polluting land, water and air, are that humans, flora and fauna suffer the consequences. Even if we don't know exactly what they will be until enough time has passed and data collected.

    CDC:  Facts About Benzene [My emphasis]

    How you can protect yourself,
    and what to do if you are exposed to benzene

    If you think you may have been exposed to benzene, you should remove your clothing, rapidly wash your entire body with soap and water, and get medical care as quickly as possible.

    Removing your clothing

    Quickly take off clothing that may have benzene on it. Any clothing that has to be pulled over the head should be cut off the body instead of pulled over the head.

    Contaminated clothing should be double bagged and turned over to proper agencies for safe disposal. All contact lenses discarded.

    Did the pregnant gal who spilled gas all over her have a chance to do any of this? In 5 or 10 years, if she or the child have a medical problem associated with benzene, will she remember the incident or realize the danger of benzene in gas?

    As an RN, formerly married to an env eng who did all kinds of hazmat clean up and often was the site safety officer, the health effects are always underestimated. The cost would be too prohibitive. We live in a world with more and more toxins that we are learning very slowly what damage they cause over time. I've had patients with really bizarre medical conditions, most likely from a chemical at their job, that environmental med docs could not figure out or treat.

    One of the things Alan dealt with was not being able to identify the chemicals in a spill area, no matter how high tech the lab tests were. The landowner's don't always know, even if they are present. Sometimes so many chemicals were put in the area, what formed from them is a mystery.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 03:50:04 PM PDT

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