A toxic chemical industry has been blamed for causing dozens of deaths in Alabama.
The Associated Press reported on Thursday that a toxic chemical plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, caused dozens of cases of acute respiratory syndrome in an industrial setting.
It’s not the first time the plant has caused respiratory illness in the state.
An Associated Press investigation found that in April, a batch of benzene, a powerful form of benzoyl peroxide, leaked into a sewage system.
The benzene released gas, causing toxic fumes and severe respiratory problems for hundreds of people in the area.
The AP reported that health officials say the toxic benzene leaked into the sewage system at a chemical plant and it has been linked to more than 100 deaths.
The benzene was initially detected in the Tuscahoula River in Toccoa, Alabama.