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What is benzene and what are its health effects? What is EPA doing about benzene?

Benzene, a volatile organic chemical, is a clear, colorless aromatic liquid. It is highly flammable. It is formed through natural processes, such as volcanic activity and forest fires. It is also formed in industrial processes. Benzene is also found in the air emissions from burning coal and oil, gasoline service stations, and motor vehicle exhaust.

Learn about benzene's health effects, drinking water regulations, etc.:

EPA's IRIS Assessment on Benzene

Benzene - Hazard Summary (PDF) (5 pp, 61 K, About PDF)

EPA regulates benzene as a "mobile source air toxic." See: Regulations to Reduce Mobile Source Pollution

For more information on benzene and its health effects, see:

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