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Estimation and Evaluation of Cancer Risks Attributed to Air Pollution in Southeast Chicago


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The purpose of this study was to obtain an understanding of the risks of cancer that may be attributable to the inhalation of toxic air pollutants found in the Southeast Chicago area. This study involved estimating emissions from various air pollutant sources and then estimating atmospheric dispersion of these emissions. The study then evaluated the cancer risk factor for each pollutant and also estimated the total cancer risk from all the pollutants combined. The total cancer incidence for the population of the area was also estimated. This study was funded by the U.S.EPA with the broad purpose of evaluating the extent to which exposure to ambient air contaminants may be a problem in a densely populated urban region.

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