A Washington, DC-based environmental nonprofit organization is accusing a total of 10 US oil refineries of grossly contributing to higher cancer rates last year by exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standards for benzene concentrations within facility perimeters.

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) published a new report on Thursday which highlighted EPA violations committed by six oil refineries located in Texas and another four facilities nationwide.

“These results highlight refineries that need to do a better job of installing pollution controls and implementing safer workplace practices to reduce the leakage of this cancer-causing pollutant into local communities,” Eric Schaeffer, executive director of the EIP, said in a statement obtained by the Texas Tribune.



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