WHO- Diesel Fumes Cause Cancer
The World Health Organization’s cancer agency has declared that diesel fumes cause cancer. Though the risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is small, raising the status of diesel exhaust to a carcinogen is seen an important shift.
WHO Panel Cites U.S. Cancer Study
The International Agency for Research on Cancers (IARC) made the announcement on Tuesday (June 12, 2012), after a week of discussions held by an expert panel organized by the IARC. The experts cited a U.S. National Cancer Institute study of 12,300 miners who were exposed to diesel exhaust over several decades. The study found that the exposed miners had a higher risk of dying from lung cancer.
According to news reports, the IARC’s latest announcement could be the big push for countries to clean up exhaust from diesel engines.
U.S. Calls Diesel a “Likely Carcinogen”
The U.S. government still classifies diesel exhaust as a “likely” carcinogen, and has not raised the risk level as of yet. Experts say the new diesel engines spew fewer fumes, but further studies would be needed to assess potential dangers. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is not enough evidence to say they new engines are zero risk, but they are much lower than the older models.
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