Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of chemicals that are formed during the burning of coal, oil and gas, garbage, or other organic substances like tobacco
or charbroiled meat
. PAHs are both man-made and occur naturally in the environment. There are more than 100 different PAH compounds that are found in air, water, and soil.
For many people, the greatest exposure to PAHs occurs in the workplace
. PAHs have been found in coal-tar production plants, coking plants, bitumen and asphalt production plants, coal-gasification sites, smoke houses, aluminum production plants, coal-tarring activities, and municipal trash incinerators. PAHs have also been found in other facilities where petroleum, petroleum products, or coal are used or where wood, cellulose, corn, or oil are burned.
Exposure can also occur when one inhales or ingests contaminated air, water, or soil near hazardous waste sites
; consumes grilled or charred meats, contaminated cereals, flour, milk, bread, vegetables, fruits, and processed or pickled foods.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that some PAHs may cause cancer
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems due to exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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