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Main Title Evaluation of health risks associated with wastewater treatment and sludge composting /
Author Clark, C. S. ; Bjornson, H. S. ; Linnemann, Jr., C. C. ; Gartside, P. S.
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Author Title of a Work
Clark, C. Scott.
CORP Author Cincinnati Univ. Medical Center, OH. Inst. of Environmental Health.;Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Health Effects Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1984
Report Number EPA/600/1-84/014
Stock Number PB85-115889
Subjects Sewage disposal plants--Environmental aspects--United States. ; Sewage sludge--Physiological effect. ; Gastrointestinal system--Diseases.
Additional Subjects Sewage treatment ; Serology ; Mortality ; Chemical analysis ; Health risks ; Water pollution control ; Sludge composting ; Toxic substances
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB85-115889 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 294 pages ; 28 cm
The investigation included (1) a prospective study of wastewater sludge compost workers, (2) serologic analyses of wastewater-exposed workers, (3) a mortality study of former wastewater employees, and (4) chemical analyses of specimens from a population whose drinking water was contaminated with pesticide waste dump leachate. The compost worker study involved workers and controls in 3 cities. An excess of skin, nose, and ear conditions was detected and tests were suggestive of low-grade inflammatory response. Aspergillus fumigatus were frequently detected in throat and nasal swabs of compost workers and were rarely detected in workers with little or no compost exposure. Analysis of sera from wastewater workers reporting G.I. illness indicated that among inexperienced workers Norwalk agent was associated with 13% of illness. Anti-HAV was not different among worker and control groups. An analysis of 815 death certificates from former wastewater workers revealed that for relatively rare causes of death, leukemia and cancer of the esophagus, the proportions of workers with these causes of death was about twice as many as expected.
"October 1984." "EPA-600/1-84-014." Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-199). Microfiche.