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Air pollution inflames asthma

In northern China, air pollution cuts years off life expectancy

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 removed chemical residues from barrels and drums and repainted them for reuse.

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 air pollution from traffic than from traffic accidents." This includes people who prematurely die from asthma, heart disease and lung disorders.

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 pollutants.

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 chemicals.

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.

The White House convinces the EPA to issue "misleading assurances that there was no health risk from the asbestos-laden air."

White House stated that lying was justified by national security.

2004 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 pollution controls.

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.

Chevron 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.

2005 Researchers 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, mania, dementia and violence. A local paper mill has reportedly released over 93,000 pounds of hydrogen sulfide 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 hydrogen sulfide from dispersing.

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.



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In 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.

In November, 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.

"A new appraisal of existing studies documenting the links between tiny soot particles and premature death from cardiovascular 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 system.

"Particulate pollution from diesels shortens the lives of nearly 21,000 Americans each year. Almost 3,000 Americans die prematurely from lung cancer. Tens of thousands of Americans suffer over 27,000 heart attacks and 400,000 asthma attacks as well as other respiratory 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 cancer risk that is 7.5 times higher than the combined total cancer risk from all other air toxins. In the US, the average lifetime nationwide cancer risk 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 cancer risk greater than 1,000 in a million – one thousand times the level EPA says is acceptable.

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

2006 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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