UPDATE: City of Kinston says leaking tank located at separate location

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The City of Kinston says the tank that leaked in 2008 was located on a Public Service Complex on Richlands Road. Kinston City Manager Tony Sears said in a statement to WNCT, “The fuel leak that occurred in 2008 was contained to our property and was cleaned up in accordance with State and Federal Laws and was certified by NCDENR as such.”

Documentation obtained by WNCT confirms the spill was cleaned up in accordance with DENR regulations.

WNCT 9 On Your Side is continuing to follow this story closely to help residents in the area.

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – There’s an update to a story 9 On Your Side has been following closely about many Lenoir County residents in one neighborhood with cancer.

The Central Cancer Registry is conducting a study on the potential cancer cluster 9 On Your Side told viewers about last week on Wendy Lane near Kinston. They hope to have those results in the next couple of days to determine how they will move forward.

9 On Your Side has found new information after conducting an environmental radius report of the area.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources reports a leaking underground storage container located in the neighborhood.

Further research with DENR shows the container, owned by the City of Kinston, leaked petroleum in 2008.

EPA results show the area had signs of benzene, which is made by petroleum. The CDC identifies benzene as a known carcinogen to humans, causing many forms of cancer, including lung cancer and leukemia.

A public health statement produced by the CDC on benzene says, “After exposure to benzene, several factors determine whether harmful health effects will occur, as well as the type and severity of such health effects. These factors include the amount of benzene to which you are exposed and the length of time of the exposure.”

9 On Your Side is staying on top of the story as it develops to help our neighbors in Lenoir County.

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