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Journal Staff Writer
An Artesia oil refinery is one of 10 in the U.S. releasing high levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene from its property, according to Environmental Protection Agency data compiled in a report from the Environmental Integrity Project.
Benzene is found in crude oil and used to manufacture plastics and pesticides. More than 3,000 people live within a mile of the Artesia refinery.