Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002291
Received: 11/18/2013 7:10:54 PM
Commenter: A Anonymous
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
In June of 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that exposure to diesel engine exhaust is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the WHO, concluded that “The scientific evidence was compelling … diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans.”
The California EPA's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEFHHA) and the American Lung Association have stated that diesel engine exhaust contains many known or suspected cancer-causing substances and that long-term exposure to diesel exhaust particles poses the highest cancer risk of any toxic air contaminant evaluated by the California EPA's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
The OEFHHA also stated that diesel engine exhaust is a major source of fine-particle air pollution and that numerous studies have linked fine-particle air pollution to increased hospital admissions, emergency room visits, asthma attacks and premature deaths among those suffering from respiratory problems.