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March 2006 Archives

Benzene Exposure Can Cause Leukemia

Benzene Found in Soft Drinks WASHINGTON, DC -- March 27, 2006 -- Several soft drink brands contain from 2 to 20 parts per billion of the cancer-causing chemical benzene, according to an ongoing investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The legal limit for benzene in drinking water is...

Industry Group Warned Members About Lead Paint Hazards

Paint Companies Liable for Lead Poisoning, RI Jury Says PROVIDENCE, RI -- March 10, 2006 -- Three paint companies created a "public nuisance," damaged property and poisoned children by exposing them to lead paint, a Rhode Island jury concluded last month. Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries Inc., and Millennium Holdings LLC,...

Chromium Exposure Can Cause Lung Cancer

New Level for Chromium Exposure Too High, Consumer Group Says WASHINGTON, DC -- March 3, 2006 -- The government's new standard for workers' exposure to hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI) or chromium 6) has disappointed and outraged consumer groups that had hoped for stricter limits on the cancer-causing metal. Formerly, workers could...