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This report is part of a series that develops and applies a general methodology for assessing the chronic health risks of toxic pollutant emissions. It applies the general framework and the computer program WTRISK to a study of a coal tar disposal site. The study investigates the potential health risks associated with emissions of organic chemicals from the site. However, because the analysis was intended to demonstrate an approach as well as to investigate the risk, only five pollutants were examined. The results show that, in general, emissions of those five pollutants pose little risk to the surrounding environment and population. The authors caution that very little information is available for many of the chemicals present in coal tars, making it difficult to assess the potential health hazards of coal tar deposits in general.

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