Benzene in Sand Creek measured at 400 times amount tolerated by national drinking water standards, EPA tests show – The Denver Post

Posted by Trish Riley, December 4, 2011

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean-up coordinators today said the black goo leaking from the Sand Creek shoreline north of downtown Denver is a "a gasoline-like material" that contains cancer-causing benzene.

Highly-toxic, benzene has been linked to leukemia and federal authorities have determined that even minute amounts are harmful.

EPA lab test results released Thursday evening indicate benzene concentrations ranging from 2,000 parts per billion where liquid enters Sand Creek to 480 ppb where the creek enters the South Platte River — well above the 5 ppb national drinking water standard.

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