Environmental Law Category

Exposure to Benzene in Gasoline in Louisiana


By Glenn C. McGovern, Attorney
Metairie, La.

The other day I opened the gas tank of my motorcycle to refuel it. The gas tank has a race style large opening. The gas pump handle did not have any covering to prevent emissions of the gasoline while filling the gas tank. I got a good whiff of the gasoline vapors that made me throw my head back to avoid more fumes. I notice in other states gasoline pump handles have large flexible covers to stop vapors from going in the air. (Some states, like California, require these to reduce the gasoline fumes from going in the air.) Benzene is a known carcinogen that causes Leukemia including the rare acute myleogenous leukemia (AML) and acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Exposure levels as low a 5 years can cause cancers. Benzene may affect bone marrow and blood production. Federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), had issued a report on benzene. The ATSDR paper de...

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Self-Policing and Voluntary Disclosure in Environmental Law Enforcement Promoted


The United States Environmental Law can be found in statutes, case law, and treaties. Regular additions are released by the Environmental Protection Agency. All of these laws can sometimes become significantly difficult to keep up with, and not even the Department of Justice can go through all possible cases. As such, the Justice Department has stated that it will be requesting greater levels of self-policing and voluntary disclosure.

The Purpose Behind Self-Policing

The purpose behind self-policing and voluntary disclosure is to alleviate some of the strain on the Justice Department. The delay between filing a case and getting even the first day in court can be as long as two to five years, provided the discovery proceedings and attorney tactics do not delay the court hearing. Self-policing is considered a part of the alternative dispute-style resolution resolve that has started to move throughout the legal community. Its purpose is to speed along the legal process and ensure that j...

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