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Health Assessment Document for Diesel Engine Exhaust.

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This assessment examined information regarding the possible health hazards associated with exposure to diesel engine exhaust (DE), which is a mixture of gases and particles. The assessment concludes that long-term (i.e., chronic) inhalation exposure is likely to pose a lung cancer hazard to humans, as well as damage the lung in other ways depending on exposure. Short-term (i.e.,acute) exposures can cause irritation and inflammatory symptoms of a transient nature, these being highly variable across the population. The assessment also indicates the evidence for exacerbation of existing allergies and asthma symptoms is emerging.

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2002
A.2002.43
Availability:
Yes
EPA Office:
Office of Air and Radiation
Office Suboffice:
Office of Research and Development
Office Division:
National Center for Environmental Assessment/ Office of Transportation and Air Quality
EPA Author:
Gilman, Paul
Document Type:
Risk Assessment
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Document Status:
Not Reported
Pages:
669

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