Published in Cancer Weekly, June 18th, 2002
A long-awaited study of health risks from 32 toxic chemicals, released May 31, 2002, concluded that 200 million people live in areas where the cancer risk from exposure to these substances is higher than what the EPA considers a minimum level of concern.
The assessment, based on 1996 data, found that automobile and truck emissions are a major cause of exposure to the chemicals, with power plants and other industrial sources also involved.
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