Benzene Lawsuits Information - Houston Refining LP / formerly ARCO Refinery, Houston, Texas (TX) - Speak to an attorney or lawyer regarding benzene exposure and benzene leukemia claims. The ARCO Houston refinery was one of the first petroleum refineries constructed on the Houston Ship Channel. The initial plant was operated by Sinclair Refining and later by Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO). The ARCO refinery was part of a joint venture with CITGO Petroleum from 1993 – 2006. The company reacquired full ownership of the plant in 2006 and the refinery, operating as Houston Refining LP, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of LyondellBasell.
The petrochemical product known as benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon. The benzene vapors that are breathed (inhaled) or absorbed through the skin can cause cancer. Typically, leukemia and lymphoma may be caused by very heavy exposure to benzene or years of chemical exposure. A worker exposed to benzene may contract aml leukemia (acute myelogenous leukemia).
Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) Lawsuit
If you, or a loved one, ever worked at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and you have been diagnosed with aml leukemia, MDS or any other benzene related cancer, then contact us immediately to talk to a benzene lawyer about your potential benzene exposure lawsuit at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) Refinery. Often, refineries and chemical plants used benzene, manufactured benzene, sold benzene or used benzene-containing products. While working at refineries and chemical plants, workers are often exposed to harmful levels of benzene during benzene spills, pipe or valve leaks, pipe explosions, line ruptures, during maintenance, cleanup, in the refining process or in the chemicals or processes that occur at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) Refinery in Jefferson County, Texas Talk to a Texas Trial Lawyer that understands benzene exposure cases. Upon investigation and research you may have a potential benzene lawsuit against ARCO Refinery for your benzene exposure.
Health Effects of Benzene Exposure
Benzene exposure has serious health effects. Breathing high levels of benzene can result in death, while low levels can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness. Eating or drinking foods containing high levels of benzene can cause vomiting, irritation of the stomach, dizziness, sleepiness, convulsions, rapid heart rate, and death.
The major effect of benzene from chronic (long-term) exposure is to the blood. Benzene damages the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and depress the immune system, increasing the chance of infection.
Some women who breathed high levels of benzene for many months had irregular menstrual periods and a decrease in the size of their ovaries. It is not known whether benzene exposure affects the developing fetus in pregnant women or fertility in men.
Animal studies have shown low birth weights, delayed bone formation, and bone marrow damage when pregnant animals breathed benzene.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) classifies benzene as a human carcinogen. Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air can cause leukemia, a potentially fatal cancer of the blood-forming organs. In particular, acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) may be caused by benzene.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has set the maximum permissible level of benzene in drinking water at 0.005 milligrams per liter (0.005 mg/L). The EPA requires that spills or accidental releases into the environment of 10 pounds (4.5 kg) or more of benzene be reported to the EPA.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set a permissible exposure limit of 1 part of benzene per million parts of air (1 ppm) in the workplace during an 8-hour workday, 40-hour workweek. The short term exposure limit for airborne benzene is 5 ppm for 15 minutes.
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