Health Effects Of Diesel Exhaust Revealed

Posted by | March 5, 2012 13:25 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Stuart Shapiro

Two weeks ago, I posted about industry attempts to suppress a study on the health effects of diesel exhaust.  Well the study was finally allowed and you can see why they didn’t want it to come out.

For the most heavily exposed miners, the risk of dying from lung cancer was three times higher than it was for those exposed to low doses. For non-smokers, the risk was seven times higher.

“[T]he findings suggest that the risks may extend to other workers exposed to diesel exhaust in the United States and abroad, and to people living in urban areas where diesel exhaust levels are elevated,” Joseph Fraumeni Jr., director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, said in a press release Friday morning.

Now the scientific debate and the policy questions that follow can take place out in the open, and maybe we can start protecting highly exposed workers from these fumes.

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Copyright 2012 Liberaland
By: Stuart Shapiro

Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy
program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers
University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies
regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels.
Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office
of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and
George W. Bush.

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