industrial chemical exposure.
Coffman is from Roxana, Illnois a town that has had issues with benzene and elevated levels of methane.
According to news reports, several homes had to be demolished near the Wood River refinery, formerly operated by Shell after tests showed
benzene contamination in the area.
The Village of Roxana also filed a lawsuit last March citing incidents over several years in which officials claim benzene
and other pollutants contaminated the air, water and soil.
“Shell’s own testing and reports show that
benzene and other toxic chemicals have spilled or leaked from the
refinery onto the property of the Village of Roxana, contaminating the
streets, alleys, rights-of-way, the ground water and, in particular, the
Village’s Public Works Yard,” said Derek
Brandt, of The Simmons Firm who is handling the case for the village.
Benzene is among the 20 most widely used chemicals in the United States. The main route of human exposure to benzene is by inhaling contaminated air.
(Sources: KMOV.com, Press Release, The Simmons Firm)