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Bystander Chemical Exposures and Injuries Associated With Nearby Plastic Sewer Pipe Manufacture: Public Health Practice and Lessons

Abstract 

Cured‐in‐place pipes (CIPPs) are plastic liners manufactured inside existing damaged sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water pipes that extend the service life of host pipes. This process often is conducted in neighborhoods and near roadways. Before, during, and after plastic manufacture, waste materials that include volatile materials are released into the air. Emissions from this manufacturing process can affect outdoor air quality and indoor air quality for buildings connected to the sewer system. We identified key issues and solicited stakeholder feedback to estimate and manage public health risks of CIPP-generated chemical air pollution. A work group representing 13 U.S. agencies and public health associations provided feedback and prioritized public health issues for action. To mitigate potential public and occupational health risks, additional testing and public health educational efforts were recommended. An improved understanding of CIPP chemical exposure pathways, as well as stakeholder needs and interests, is essential. 

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Volume: 85 
Number: 4 
Pages: 22–31 
Published: November 2022 

Authors 

  • Yoorae Noh, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University 
  • Jonathan H. Shannahan, PhD, School of Health Sciences, Purdue University 
  • Anna G. Hoover, PhD, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center 
  • Kelly G. Pennell, PhD, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center 
  • Mark H. Weir, PhD, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University; Sustainability Institute, The Ohio State University 
  • Andrew J. Whelton, PhD, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Division of Ecological and Environmental Engineering, Purdue University 

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