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Indoor air quality affected by abandoned gasoline tanks.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1990 Jan; 5(1):36-37
Eighteen employees in a public office building in Morgantown, West Virginia, complained of gasoline (8006619) odors for several years which became progressively worse over a several month period. The workers suffered eye irritation, headaches and nausea. A site visit was made by NIOSH in November of 1986 at which time gasoline odors were noticeable in some of the rooms. Petroleum hydrocarbons were well below the lower explosive limit. Most of the compounds detected were aliphatic hydrocarbons in the 4 to 8 carbon range, plus benzene (71432), toluene (108883), xylene (1330207) and several higher molecular weight aromatics. Total gasoline hydrocarbon concentrations in the building ranged from 12 to 95mg/m3, with the highest levels being at floor level. The source was identified as three abandoned gasoline tanks buried beneath an adjacent building. No one had any knowledge of these tanks. Historical research indicated a gasoline filling station had been located on this site. The tanks were subsequently removed by the municipal fire department.
AIHYEX; NIOSH-Author; Indoor-air-pollution; Office-workers; Organic-vapors; Aliphatic-compounds; Aromatic-hydrocarbons; Air-quality; Eye-irritants; Gastrointestinal-system-disorders; Indoor-environmental-quality
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Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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