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Carson residents sue Shell over neighborhood contaminated with cancer-causing benzene

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Carson residents sue Shell over toxic chemical

Posted 10/15/2009 10:30 AM ET

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of Carson residents have sued Shell Oil Co., claiming it contaminated a neighborhood with cancer-causing benzene and that at least four residents have died as a result.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Long Beach Superior Court on behalf of 343 residents, involves a tank farm that Shell operated in the Los Angeles suburb from 1924 to 1967.

The residents claim Shell knowingly contaminated the Carousel neighborhood. The lawsuit also names a real estate firm that bought out the developer of the housing tract.

Shell began testing in the neighborhood a few months ago. Preliminary results showed benzene levels up to 100,000 times the state standard. Testing continues.

A call to a Shell spokeswoman early Thursday wasn’t immediately returned.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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