Polluting our waters?
What is it?
Benzene found in water can lead to anemia, decreased blood platelets, and an increased risk of cancer. Benzene can react with chemicals in the environment creating smog. Benzene in the soil can inhibit plant growth. The pollutant has also been linked to reproductive problems in aquatic animals.
Visit the CNN article on toxic releases for locations within the US for benzene levels: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2010/05/health/map.toxic.chemicals/