What is chloroprene, and why is it dangerous?

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2019 | lung cancer

Asbestos and other suspected carcinogens have caused a lot of illness and uproar in the Bayou State. Pollution levels and uses of construction materials that can harm the lungs, heart and skin have been the subject of Louisiana lawsuits for more than five decades. One specific chemical is getting a lot of mentions in Baton Rouge and courts all over the state.

What is chloroprene?

Chloroprene is a colorless liquid that is part of the process of making polychloroprene, a synthetic rubber often used in protective clothing like chemical boots and diving suits. It is a fire hazard even in its most stable form and prolonged exposure has been associated with liver problems, cardiovascular issues and damage to the immune system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called chloroprene a likely carcinogen since 2010.

Does chloroprene matter if I didn’t work with it?

The National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) discovered an elevated risk for cancer around a chemical facility in St. John the Baptist Parish. The conclusion intimates a connection between chronic exposure of chloroprene emissions and instances of lung or liver cancer.

What is the danger to this Louisiana community?

Some residents are concerned about the proximity of several homes and a school to the chemical factory. The state is working with the operator of the facility to reduce emissions, but exposure has been happening for years.

What should I do if I suspect chloroprene exposure?

Medical care is the top priority, while an attorney can help strategize if financial damages are necessary for recovery. Legal representation means that no victim of industrial pollution has to seek justice alone.