About ben­zene

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - Mike Jones may be reached by email at [email protected] Tracy M. Neal can be reached by email at [email protected]­line.com or Twit­ter @NWATracy.

Brief ex­po­sure (5 to 10 min­utes) to very high lev­els of ben­zene in the air (10,000 to 20,000 partsper-mil­lion) can re­sult in death. Lower lev­els (700 to 3,000 parts-per-mil­lion) can cause drowsi­ness, dizzi­ness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tre­mor, con­fu­sion and un­con­scious­ness. In most cases, peo­ple will stop feel­ing these ef­fects when they are no longer ex­posed and be­gin to breathe fresh air. sit­u­a­tion for the Ma­combers and their chil­dren.

Frank Bai­ley, at­tor­ney for the Ma­combers, said Fri­day he hopes the new test­ing con­sid­ers more health is­sues than cancer. Pre­vi­ous test­ing ruled out cancer, Bai­ley said.

“They didn’t ad­dress res­pi­ra­tory is­sues from in­hal­ing the smoke,” he said. “They need to do long-term mon­i­tor­ing and con­sider all hazardous risks.”

The case is as­signed to Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Xol­lie Dun­can. Brown Tree Ser­vice hasn’t filed a re­sponse to the law­suit.

Tom Jud­son, the Prop­erty Owners As­so­ci­a­tion’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, said the as­so­ci­a­tion op­er­ated the stump dump on leased land start­ing De­cem­ber 2003 un­til the end of 2016 when the dump was cov­ered with soil.

Jud­son said no­body mon­i­tored the site the last few years it was open, but staff would

re­move trash when pos­si­ble.

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