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Chicago Union Station – The Diesel Exhaust Problem

Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen. Every day, over 100,000 people come and go from Chicago Union Station. And every day, those passengers and all the railroad workers who serve them are exposed to "huge levels" of diesel exhaust. Here is a brief history of the station and the rise of the diesel exhaust problem. Today’s version of Chicago Union...

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Chicago – The Nation’s Freight Handler

In 1914, the poet Carl Sandburg published his great poem, “Chicago”, which included the following: Hog Butcher for the World, Tool maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders Sandburg’s iconic poem was written over 100 years ago, and yet today, Chicago remains the busiest rail freight gateway...

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Diesel Injury & Bladder Cancer

It was an important moment in 2012 when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that diesel fumes are “carcinogenic to humans.” For workers everywhere, this finding confirmed that their long-term exposures to diesel exhaust likely contributed to the cancer, often diagnosed years later.  This medical finding also made it possible for workers to pursue legal...

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Railroad Workers & Asbestos

Asbestos was identified as a toxin by the Association of American Railroads in 1937. By 1958, railroads knew asbestos caused cancer. After 1960, it was medically accepted that asbestos definitely causes mesothelioma. Despite that, locomotive and parts manufacturers didn't stop including asbestos in their brakes, clutches, gaskets and insulation until the mid-1980's. What's worse, for a variety of reasons, many...

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What is Silicosis?

Silicosis is a progressive, disabling, and often fatal lung disease caused by exposure to silica dust. Silica is one of the most common minerals in the earth’s crust and is a basic component of soil, sand, granite, and most other types of rock. The cutting, drilling, breaking, or blasting of these materials produces airborne silica dust. The size of the...

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Why Does Diesel Exhaust Cause Cancer?

Long-term exposures to diesel exhaust can greatly increase your chances of developing cancer and leukemia. Why? Because diesel engine exhaust is a...

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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) – Do These Exposures Cause Cancer?

What are PAHs? Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, or PAHs, are a group of chemicals which occur as complex mixtures rather than single compounds. They occur naturally in coal and crude oil. They can be formed when certain substances are burned. Generally, PAHs are produced by burning materials like coal, oil, gas, wood, or garbage. PAHs are in cigarette smoke. They can...

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Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer (Gastric Adenocarcinoma) occurs when cancer cells form in the lining of the stomach. It’s a disease that’s difficult to diagnose because most people don’t show symptoms in its early stages, and by the time it’s diagnosed, it has often spread to other parts of the body, making treatment difficult. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates there’ll be approximately...

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Lawyers for Railroad Workers Diagnosed with Cancer

Railroad diesel exhaust exposures are a known cause of lung cancer. It is beyond dispute that day in, day out, railroad workers suffer some of the worst diesel exposures of any occupation. Diesel exhaust contains several toxic carcinogens including benzene, formaldehyde, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – all of which have been linked to various types of cancer.  At Hughes Law...

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