Mining industry fights release of study on health effects of diesel exhaust

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 14 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1071
  1. Bob Roehr

A1 Washington, DC

A US lawyer representing the interests of the mining industry has written to several journals in the United States and United Kingdom reminding them of legal restraints on the publication of papers relating to a study on the effects on health of diesel exhaust.

In 1992 the US National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health initiated the study on the effects of ultrafine diesel particulate matter on miners in confined spaces. Much of the equipment used in mining is powered by diesel engines.

The $11.5m (£7.3m; €8.7m) study evaluated cancer rates in 12 000 past and current miners at eight mines that extracted minerals other than coal. The study controlled for smoking.

The issue has resurfaced …

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