Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns

The Pollution in Newborns

July 14, 2005

Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results

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Phenanthrene was found in 5 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 30.5 to 51.2 ng/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 24.2 to 36.2 ng/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

About Phenanthrene *
CAS RN85-01-8
Chemical ClassPolyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)
May be found in the following types of productsAnti-corrosion materials, Corrosion inhibitors
Usesmanufacturing diphenic acid (intermediate for resins), manufacturing phenanthrenequinone (intermediate for pesticides)
ManufacturersKoppers Ind.

* Information may include trade names, manufacturers, and products for other chemicals in the Polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) class.

Priority Health Concerns for Phenanthrene
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
Reproductive SystemProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for Phenanthrene

References for Health Effects