Press Statement
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2008
Contact: Tina Tran, 713-236-0306

Senator Ellis joins Mayor Bill White in Announcing Plan to Reduce Levels of Benzene Emissions

"I'm glad Mayor White is continuing his fight to protect the public health of the people of Houston by limiting toxic pollution. Benzene, according to the National Toxicology Program and the EPA, is a known carcinogen. Both have classified it this way because there is absolutely no doubt that benzene causes cancer, specifically leukemia. The Legislature will be looking even more closely at this issue in the next session. We passed a $3 billion bond package to find a cure for cancer - let's work together again to pass legislation that focuses on cancer prevention."