Due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and oil platforms there, Louisiana has become a hot spot for industrial petrochemical companies such as Royal Dutch / Shell Group, Dow Chemical, and others. While these chemical plants are responsible for building building blocks for many of the products we use every day, some Louisiana residents believe that the pollution of these plants has contributed to the high incidence of cancer, nicknaming that "cancer alley".
There is 85 miles from the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. This is a strategic location for chemical plants – near two large cities as well as a major transport source. Thus, it is no wonder that more than 130 industrial plants have emerged in this region, next to many small, low-income neighborhoods.
However, neighbors in this area soon began to have higher rates of cancer than normal, leading them to the title of this expansion in the Cancer Alley. In fact, in 2002, Louisiana was the second highest cancer death rate in the United States.
By the way, in the EPA's 2000 stockpile release report, the government found that Louisiana was also ranked second in the United States for total site releases of chemicals and contaminants. In addition, it was the fourth state of the on-site and off-site versions. Seven out of ten facilities to release chemicals are located in and outside Louisiana in the Cancer Corridor. Four out of ten polluted at the site are in the cancer alley.
In addition to regular pollutants, these chemical plants have also been known for their absorption, such as Condea Vista. The plant's factory admitted 90 cases of spills in one year and was punished for releasing between 19 and 47 million pounds of ethylene dichloride in the environment. It is frightening that this chemical may be carcinogenic to humans, and may lend credence to residents' claims that they live in the cancer alley.
Unfortunately, when living near a chemical plant, chemical pollutants are not the only hazards they face. In many ancient plants, asbestos was used as an insulator to protect against heat, flame, electricity and chemicals. With age in plants, they can release microscopic asbestos fibers into the air, where they can be inhaled or ingested. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen that can cause problems such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
If you have lived or worked in an area that contains many chemical plants, you should talk to your doctor today about the cancer test.