174102 Environmental Public Health Surveillance in Central Wisconsin: Waupaca's Cumulative Inhalation Impact

Monday, October 27, 2008

Philip Nolan, MPH , Independent public health research, Waupaca, WI
Wisconsin's annual emission inventories (Wisconsin Administrative Code NR 438) are empirical--source certified--measures of localized industrial air pollution concentrations. They may be employed to evaluate local public health. This local public health surveillance integrates DOSE (Cumulative Inhalation Impact--ppb benzene) with RESPONSE (Age Adjusted Incidence of Leukemia). "Waupaca's Cumulative Inhalation Impact" is derived from EPA's incidence estimate for benzene-induced leukemia (ATSDR, Benzene Toxicity Physiological Effects, August 2007.) The 5 - 15 year research strategy uses EPA's estimate to determine if the area's hazardous air pollutants (HAP) affect local incidence of benzene-induced leukemia. All data have been accessed from: 1) Wisconsin NR 438 Department of Natural Resources Actual Annual Emission Inventories, 1999 - 2006 (DOSE), 2) Wisconsin Cancer Incidence and Mortality, 1998 - 2002 and Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System, 2007 (RESPONSE).

Learning Objectives:
"Waupaca's Inhalation Impact" demonstrates how Wisconsin's local cancer incidence rates / 100K may a) vary with dose (industrial toxic emissions--ppb/year) and b) validate (by hypothesis testing) certain EPA dose-response estimates.

Keywords: Air Pollutants, Cancer

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As retired APHA member I have become active with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in devising effective evaluations of chronic industrial air toxins on health in (local) human populations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.