Benzene and other compounds released to the air from gas stations can increase cancer among those living within 500- to 1,000-feet.   The City of Myrtle Beach does not require the measures adopted by other jurisdictions to protect area residents from the adverse health effects of compounds released at new gas station pumps and from underground storage tanks. 

Please add your name and contact information below to join with us in urging the Myrtle Beach City Council to adopt requirements guiding new gas station to locations where we can enjoy the benefits these establishments provide without exposing our neighbors to harmful fumes. 

Further detail, including the science supporting these concerns, is available at the Myrtle Beach Healthy Neighborhoods Coalition webpage:

Community & Environmental Defense Services (CEDS) is assisting the Coalition in forming a strategy to preserve all Myrtle Beach neighborhoods. The CEDS gas station-convenience store webpage provided much of the research cited here. CEDS has also helped many communities across the U.S. ensure their safety from the potential negative effects from being too close to gas stations.

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* 1. Please add your name and contact information below to urge the Myrtle Beach City Council to protect your neighborhood and ours from new gas station impacts.  Your contact information allows us to let you know of our progress in ensuring your home and ours are protected from the health and safety impacts of new gas stations.

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* 2. Please share the reasons why you're concerned about the health and safety effects of new gas stations.  This explanation will prompt elected officials and other decision-makers to take your concerns more seriously.