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A Human Health Risk Assessment of Exposure to PAHs in Coal-Tar Sealants
by Corey Adam Mocka (2012)
Primary sources of PAHs: vehicle exhaust, tobacco smoke, coal, coal-tar, and charred food. Previous experiments indicate that some PAHs are probable human carcinogens. In animal studies, exposure to PAHs has been known to produce reproductive problems and birth defects.
The United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created a list of 16 "priority" PAHs. These PAHs were selected due to the availability of data related to potential health effects. These are known to be more persistent in the environment and typically have the highest concentration at hazardous waste sites.
Priority PAH Names: