Charlotte, NC (Fox 46 Charlotte) – Four-year-old twins, Quinn and Reyes, don’t look the same, don’t take the same action, but share something they fear. Excess MTBE is present in their systems. MTBE has been a banned gasoline supplement in North Carolina since 2008.
Lisa Simonson first discovered the remnants of MTBE in her autistic daughter, Dr. Ann Hens, after ordering various tests to determine if her autism was caused by genetics, toxins, environment, diet, or something else. When Quinn’s urine test returned about twice as high as the test, Lisa had to examine another Reyes. Rice’s numbers were even higher.
Lisa also had MTBE remnants in her system.
When Dr. Quinn accepted the result, she dismissed Lisa’s initial concern that it was because of her new home, and asked Lisa what was going on around them. Lisa cited colonial gas pipelines flowing from her home as a mile from her home, and Dr. Hins said she believed it was the cause of colonial gas leaks.
Colonial pipeline is aware of the ban and from the NCDEQ January 2021 site assessment monitoring wells indicate the presence of MTBE beyond the boundaries. Although the leak was discovered in August 2020, it is not clear when it started and it is not clear when and how Quinn and Reyes were caught. Tested in October 2020. Toxins can be found in air, soil, and water and can cause liver damage, kidney damage, and nerve damage, he said. Dr. Hines added that air monitoring is constantly changing from speed to concentration and other factors.
With expensive tests and treatments, her full-time job is not covered; This single mother is upset. “I tried to have children for 10 years and I gave birth to a boy who died prematurely and so my daughters, I need them forever — the only good thing that happened to me was. (Crying) – So when I heard this news, it was scary because I wanted to do my best to make sure they were safe and healthy. ”
Lisa does not sue and is not guilty – she wants the state and the colonial pipeline to investigate. “Yes, it’s an environmental issue, but it’s a health issue – I haven’t seen many people talk about this health department.
Colonial Pipe made this statement:
No one wants to see a child get sick, so our heart goes out to this family. Immediately after the family’s concerns were identified from DCDEC, Colonial Pipe analyzed data from local regulators and shared that information with NCDEQ. This information confirms that there is no risk linking these conditions to a evacuation station within a mile of their home.
Our family home is 1.15 miles west-southwest of where our production is located. In the near two weeks after its release, MTBE monitoring levels were found three times, when the risk of vapor production was high. The two interrogators, Aug. 17 and 18, were at the control station near the release site. The other supervisor, on August 17, was a single probe, the nearest control station to the next station.
The two air-conditioning stations closest to the family home did not register mMTBE checks until August 27, 2020.
The Hunterville-Concord road was closed in the recovery area until August 24, severely limiting access outside the site during the recovery phase.
MTBE has not been used as a gasoline supplement in the United States since 2006. However, some filters still add fuel to the export market. As a result, the amount of MTBE in gasoline may be due to the use of a single filter to produce different types of gasoline for both domestic and export purposes.