High levels of benzene, health hazard in Michigan now | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

High levels of benzene, health hazard in Michigan now

Chemical benzene could post health hazard for humans and wildlife alike in Kalamazoo River oil spill
Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 4:52 PM
Kathy Jessup | Kalamazoo Gazette
LANSING — State environmental experts are advising the public to stay clear of a 15-miles stretch of the Kalamazoo River contaminated by 840,000 gallons of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline Monday near Marshall.
Officials said Tuesday that high levels of benzene, a potentially harmful chemical released from the oil, could pose a health hazard to humans who come in contact with the water or breath in the fumes.
Wildlife experts also are warning the public not to handle wildlife coated with the oil, saying improper treatment could be harmful to the animals and humans.
Contractors are providing respirators for containment and clean-up workers that will allow them to safely operate in the area.

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