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Posted Tue Dec 9 2008: from San Francisco Chronicle:
Diesel truckers at cancer risk from exhaust
Trucking company workers who have been regularly exposed to diesel exhaust from vehicles on highways, city streets and loading docks have a higher risk of lung cancer than other workers, according to a new national study. The study, based on 31,135 worker records, found that drivers who do short-haul pickups and deliveries, including loading and unloading containers at ports and working at freight-delivery companies, had the highest rate of deaths and disease. Dockworkers were also at a higher risk, according to the report by researchers at UC Berkeley and Harvard. California's Air Resources Board will consider the study's findings when it meets Friday to vote on a landmark regulation to reduce risk to the general public from 1 million diesel trucks in the state.
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