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Butadiene Lawyers at Bush Lewis, PLLC Serving Clients throughout Texas and Nationwide

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is headquartered in Lyon, France, and is the most prestigious scientific organization in the world with respect to causes of cancer. It publishes a series of monographs which exhaustively review and evaluate all of the published literature for a particular chemical or industry. The monograph will then summarize IARC’s findings and classify the chemical or industry according to the following grouping:
  • Group 1: The agent is carcinogenic to humans.
  • Group 2A: The agent is probably carcinogenic to humans.
  • Group 2B: The agent is possibly carcinogenic to humans.
  • Group 3: The agent is not classified as to its carcinogenicity to humans.
  • Group 4: The agent is probably not carcinogenic to humans.

IARC intends to update its website posting for its 1,3-butadiene monograph in the very near future, with a full disclosure of the data and a meaningful discussion for public reference at http://monograph.iarc.fr/. To date, IARC has identified approximately 400 agents as carcinogenic or potentially carcinogenic to humans. IARC had previously identified benzene as a Group 1 human carcinogen, as well as cigarette smoking and asbestos, and now butadiene has been added to that list.

Studies show that children in certain locales have higher risk for leukemia and other types of cancer because of high butadiene air pollutant levels. Butadiene is a colorless cancer causing gas or liquid chemical, listed by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and World Health Organization (WHO) as a human carcinogen. Exposure to even very small concentrations of butadiene over a long period of time can cause cancer. Our butadiene attorneys at Bush Lewis, PLLC assist clients with serious diseases, debilitating conditions and cancer by filing claims and lawsuits on their behalf against manufacturers responsible for toxic butadiene exposure.

Butadiene Exposure

According to a 2007 ABC News report, increased rates of childhood leukemia was tracked with higher butadiene levels. This report was of particular concern for Houston, Texas residents living within neighborhoods around the ship channel because of its higher quantity of butadiene air pollutants.

Butadiene exposure is more dangerous for children than adults. Children have a larger lung surface in relation to their body weight and breathe 50% more air per kilogram of body weight than adults, meaning children get a larger dose of butadiene per body mass than adults exposed to the same air. Even more importantly, children’s body systems have not matured and their brains, lungs, immune systems and reproductive organs are continuing to develop and are more susceptible to chemical insult than those of adults.

Human exposure to butadiene occurs primarily through inhalation. Air pollution is the most frequent cause of consumer contact with butadiene. The highest risk for butadiene toxic exposure is in the workplace through a manufacturing facility. Many industrial releases of butadiene occur as a result of the failure of various seals connected with industrial areas, oil refineries, chemical manufacturing companies, and rubber or plastic plants which have a higher incidence of butadiene air emissions than other areas.

OSHA Reports on Butadiene

According to OSHA, Butadiene ranks 36th in the list of most produced chemicals in the United States. Three billion pounds per year are produced in the United States and 12 billion globally. Butadiene is produced through the processing of petroleum and is mainly used in the production of synthetic rubber, but is also found in smaller amounts in plastics and fuel.

Industrial manufacturing that generally involves butadiene includes:
  • Synthetic elastomer (rubber and latex) production
  • Petroleum refining
  • Secondary lead smelting
  • Water treatment
  • Agricultural fungicides
  • Production of raw material for nylon
  • Use of fossil fuels

Butadiene is used as a chemical intermediate in the production of petro-chemical products such as synthetic rubbers and latexes used in:
  • Tires
  • Plastic materials
  • Carpet
  • Paper coatings
  • Gloves
  • Wetsuits
  • Waders
  • Hoses
  • Gaskets

Adverse Health Effects from Butadiene

The quantity of butadiene along with the duration and frequency of exposure largely determine health effects. Other factors may include age, pre-existing health conditions, general living habits and lifestyle.

Acute vapor exposure can irritate the skin, eyes, nose, throat and upper respiratory tract. If exposed to 8,000 ppm (parts per million) for eight hours, blurred vision, coughing, and drowsiness may occur.

In addition to these acute symptoms, when exposed to high concentration levels of butadiene, you may experience hallucinations and perception distortions, lethargy, headache, unconsciousness, coma, respiratory depression, and even death.

The significant diseases or impairments linked to chronic exposure or highly concentrated acute butadiene exposure which Bush Lewis lawyers focus on are:
  • Leukemias
  • Lymphomas
  • Myelomas
  • Other blood and bone marrow cancers, diseases, and disorders
  • Brain tumors

If you have cancer or blood or bone marrow diseases with a significant history of butadiene exposure, you should seek experienced legal guidance as soon as possible.

Discuss Your Case with a Skilled Butadiene Lawyer

Please contact our butadiene attorneys at Bush Lewis for a free initial consultation. Our firm offers services to clients who have cancer or blood or bone marrow diseases from butadiene exposure throughout Texas and nationwide. We work for our clients to hold responsible parties accountable for appropriate client compensation through litigation and, when appropriate, settlement negotiations.

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