FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Dr. Curtis Norgaard 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.
Norgaard 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, 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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