Coke oven emissions

Agent Name
Coke oven emissions
Major Category
Other Uses
Synonyms vary depending upon the specific constituent.
Exposures, PAH-Related
"Emissions released during the carbonization of bituminous coal for the production of coke." [NIOSH]
"The production of coke by the carbonization of bituminous coal leads to the release of chemically-complex emissions from coke ovens that include both gases and particulate matter of varying chemical composition. The emissions include coal tar pitch volatiles (e.g., particulate polycyclic organic matter [PPOM], polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons [PAHs], and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons [PNAs]), aromatic compounds (e.g., benzene and beta-naphthylamine), trace metals (e.g., arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, and nickel), and gases (e.g., nitric oxides and sulfur dioxide)." [NIOSH Appendix to Pocket Guide] "These evaluations were typically produced at a time when the available data provided a clear indication of increased cancer risk in an occupational group, but not enough information to identify a causal agent. While such broadly defined carcinogenic agents can lead to general industrial hygiene interventions, provide support to compensate exposed workers and stimulate research to identify specific causes, they have limited utility for informing specific prevention activities and may be affected by changes in process, materials and exposure levels over time." [PMID 29769352]
Biomedical References

Exposure Assessment

0.15 mg/m3, benzene-soluble fraction
Explanatory Notes
Carcinogen--No TLV;
Half Life
No reports found; [TDR, p. 386]

Adverse Effects

Chronic Bronchitis
IARC Carcinogen
NTP Carcinogen
Human carcinogen

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