Researchers find higher levels of dangerous chemical than expected in southeast Louisiana

Researchers find higher levels of dangerous chemical than expected in southeast Louisiana

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https://apnews.com/article/cancer-ethylene-oxide-environmental-health-24d898ce0bd59d78cb387b3cfc16b9cd

Researchers using high-tech air monitoring equipment rolled through an industrialized stretch of southeast Louisiana in mobile labs and found levels of a carcinogen in concentrations as much as 10 times higher than previously estimated, according to a paper published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

The study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University raises new health concerns for communities that sit among the chemical plants lining a stretch of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans — dubbed “cancer alley” by environmentalists.