toxic air pollution
From the 1920s
to the 1960s seven incinerators dumped toxic ash containing lead, arsenic,
dioxins and PCBs into predominantly
African American neighborhoods in Jacksonville, Florida.
2001 Thousands of people are evacuated and their homes are or
sealed off when a toxic cloud blankets a Chicago residential area. Acme Barrel
residues from barrels and drums and repainted them for
Professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School for
Public Policy and Management states that "it is our best estimate that more
people are being killed by
pollution from traffic than from traffic accidents." This includes people
who prematurely die from asthma,
heart disease and
Texas Petrochemicals released 148,000 pounds of 1,3
butadiene in 2002 over East Harris County, Texas neighborhoods.
2003 The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
takes air samples from 41 monitoring sites. The results found excessive levels
of benzene, 1,3 butadiene and formaldehyde.
Industrial facilities in
Harris and Brazoria counties in Texas released 20.4 billion and 19.2 billion
pounds of toxic air
Ohio EPA stated that people who lived near the New
Boston Coke plant during the 1990s, "are
more at risk of cancer than
almost anyone else in the world."
Throughout the 1990s the
incorporation failed to accurately report emissions. In 1996 the incorporation
reported that the New Boston facility released 60 tons of chemicals into the
air. Two years later, the incorporation admitted it was actually 5,357 tons of
At the request of the White House, the EPA skews reports on the
air quality in New York City following the
collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11th.
White House convinces the
EPA to issue "misleading assurances that there was no health risk from
the asbestos-laden air."
stated that lying was justified by
Alabama Continental Carbon and its parent incorporation China
Synthetic Rubber ordered to pay $20.7 million in damages caused by
excessive releases of carbon black into the surrounding neighborhood. The
releases were caused by 40 year old equipment which did not have the required
Stone Container agrees to pay $885,000 to settle allegations
that it violated air pollution
regulations at its Hopewell facility. The facility violated emission limits
for sulfur, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.
Phillips agrees to settle a federal action by paying a $1.8 million fine
for Clean Air Act violations. The chemical releases took place at the Pasadena,
Texas plant in 1999 and 2000.
at Columbia University concluded that in utero exposure to air pollutants,
primarily from auto exhaust, can cause chromosomal damage associated with an
increased risk of cancer.
ConocoPhillips agrees to pay $64.5 million to
settle several class action lawsuits filed over 2
chemical releases - 64
tons of sulfur dioxide, the other 40 tons - at it's Westlake, Louisiana
facility in 2003.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina
School of Medicine find that the sustained elevation of a dramatically
increased suicide rate among North Carolina residents linked to industrial
airborne pollutants emanating
from asphalt plants, paper mills and sewage treatment facilities.
Previous studies have shown that occupational
exposure to hydrogen
sulfide, at levels of 10 parts per million for a ten minute ceiling, can
result in nervousness,
and violence. A local paper mill has reportedly released over 93,000 pounds of
since 2003 and the suicide rate is rate in two Salisbury neighborhoods is
tripled the statewide average and the suicide rate in Haywood County has
doubled since 1996. These North Carolina residents
live in mountain valleys that
experience frequent temperature inversions which prevent the
2008ExxonMobil agrees to pay nearly
$6.1 million in civil penalties for violating the terms of a 2005
court-approved Clean Air Act agreement, the Department of Justice and the
Environmental Protection Agency. The 2005 settlement already required
ExxonMobil to pay a $7.7 million civil
penalty, perform an additional $6.7 million in supplemental environmental
projects in communities around the corporation's refineries, and install
pollution controls at six of its American refineries.
November, 2004 a study by researchers from the University of Southern
California concluded that exposure to fine particulates, like those from power
plants and vehicles can cause and accelerate artery disease. The study found
that a 10 micrograms per cubic meter of air increase in fine particulates lead
to an increase of up to 4.3% in the thickness of artery walls. This thickening
can lead to calcification and rupture of the arteries.
2004 an EPA panel has approved the final draft of a report concluding that
exposure to fine particulates in the air, those less than 2.5 microns in
diameter, can shorten life expectancy by up to 2 years.
appraisal of existing studies documenting the links between tiny soot particles
and premature death from
ailments shows that mortality rates among people exposed to the particles
are twice as high as previously thought.
Dan Greenbaum, the president of
the Health Effects Institute, said that the areas covered in the study included
116 American cities, with the highest levels of soot particles found in areas
including the eastern suburbs of Los Angeles and the Central Valley of
California; Birmingham, Ala.; Atlanta; the Ohio River Valley; and Pittsburgh."
- Felicity Barringer June 2, 2009
In February, 2005 a study by
researchers from the University of Albany, School of Public Health
concluded that people living near sites contaminated with
PCBs and persistent
pesticides have an increased
risk of developing chronic respiratory
disease, including chronic bronchitis and
chronic airways obstruction as well as
suppression of the immune
"Particulate pollution from diesels shortens the lives of nearly
21,000 Americans each year. Almost 3,000 Americans die prematurely from
cancer. Tens of thousands of Americans suffer over 27,000
heart attacks and 400,000
asthma attacks as well as
problems associated with particulate emissions from diesel vehicles.
These illnesses result in thousands of emergency room visits,
hospitalizations, and lost workdays. Together with the toll of premature
deaths, the health damages from diesel fine particles will total $139 billion
in 2010. Nationally, diesel exhaust poses a
that is 7.5 times higher than the combined total
from all other air toxins. In the US, the average lifetime nationwide
due to diesel exhaust is over 350 times greater than the level US EPA considers
to be "acceptable".
Residents from more than two-thirds of all US
counties face a cancer risk from
diesel exhaust greater than 100 deaths per million population. People living in
eleven urban counties face a diesel
greater than 1,000 in a million one thousand times the level EPA says is
People who live in metropolitan areas with a
high concentration of diesel vehicles and traffic feel their impacts most
acutely. The risk of lung cancer from
diesel exhaust for people living in urban areas is three times that for those
living in rural areas. Reducing diesel fine particle emissions 50 percent by
2010, 75 percent by 2015, and 85 percent by 2020 would
save nearly 100,000 lives between now
and 2030." - Diesel and Health in America: The Lingering Threat,
February 2005, Clean Air Task Force
Researchers with CIIT Centers for Health Research (CIIT
was formerly known as the Chemical Industry Institute of Technology)
conclude that inhaled nanoscale particles can pass through the blood/brain
barrier and lodge in the brain.
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