FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Dr. Curtis Nordgaard will give a presentation on the potential health conditions associated with compressor station emissions during a forum on the impact of gas compressor stations on community health at Sampson G. Smith Intermediate School on March 18.
Nordgaard is a pediatrician and co-founder of Massachusetts Health Care Providers against Fracked Gas.
The forum is sponsored by ReThink Energy NJ, NJ League of Conservation Voters, Food & Water Watch and Franklin Township Task Force about Compressor Station 206 & NESE.
Norgaard's presentation will discuss the following topics:
What health conditions may be associated with compressor station emissions?
- Particulate Matter: asthma, heart attacks, diabetes
- Benzene: leukemia, bone marrow suppression
- Formaldehyde: asthma, several types of cancer
- Nitrogen Oxide: produces hazardous ground level ozone, an asthma trigger associated with respiratory tract infection and irritation
Do compressor stations emit dangerous levels of these pollutants?
- Benzene levels have been measured near compressor stations that far exceed cancer-causing thresholds.
- Formaldehyde levels can exceed cancer-causing thresholds at least a half-mile away from compressor stations.
Do residents living near compressor stations notice compressor emissions?
- Residents living near compressor stations report severe headaches, sinus problems and throat irritations more often than residents living farther away
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