Health Assessment Document for Diesel Engine Exhaust.
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.
|Office of Air and Radiation|
|Office of Research and Development|
|National Center for Environmental Assessment/ Office of Transportation and Air Quality|