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And methane comes laden with other toxic pollutants, like benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and other smog-forming organic compounds.
An estimated 7,600 gallons of benzene spilled from one of the cars, and about two days after the initial accident a workman's torch sparked the explosion.
As part of the agreement, the Norco facility will reduce air emissions of volatile organic compounds by 159 tons per year, and reduce other, more harmful emissions that include cancer-causing benzene, by 18 tons per year.
Chemicals left over from their operations — including cancer-causing substances such as benzene and naphthalene — lay buried beneath layers of rubble, dirt and pavement as the Marina District filled up with homes.
That included about 49,000 pounds of the carcinogen benzene and around 80,000 pounds of the carcinogen 1,3-butadiene, according to the estimates.
The reason, a National Academy of Engineering report concluded, is that soluble chemicals like benzene also tend to evaporate quickly into the air.
This has often revealed levels of toxic chemicals, such as benzene, many times higher than those allowed by law.
The pollutants included benzene, which is a carcinogen, and methane, which is a major contributor to climate change.
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Origin and Etymology of benzene
First Known Use: 1833See Words from the same year
BENZENE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of benzene for English Language Learners
: a liquid chemical that is used to make plastics, fuel for automobiles, and other substances
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