Science Inventory

Health Assessment Document for Diesel Engine Exhaust (Final 2002)

Citation:

U.S. EPA. Health Assessment Document for Diesel Engine Exhaust (Final 2002). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Washington Office, Washington, DC, EPA/600/8-90/057F, 2002.

Impact/Purpose:

As new diesel engines with cleaner exhaust emissions replace existing engines, the applicability of the conclusions in this Health Assessment Document will need to be reevaluated.

Description:

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.

URLs/Downloads:

More information on EPA's programs to reduce emissions from diesel engines

Health Assessment Document For Diesel Engine Exhaust (Final Report)   (PDF,669 pp, 9429 KB,  about PDF)

IRIS Summary for Diesel Engine Exhaust

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (REPORT)
Product Published Date: 02/08/2002
Record Last Revised: 03/21/2017
Record ID: 29060

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT