East Bay Diesel Exposure Project

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This project is a collaboration with the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and will assess diesel exhaust exposure in communities along the Interstate 80 – Interstate 880 corridor on the east side of the San Francisco Bay.  We will measure chemicals from diesel engines in air and dust.  The study is unique because it will be the first to also measure metabolites of diesel combustion products in urine from young children and their parents.  This information will help improve understanding about diesel exhaust exposure and ways to reduce them. 

OEHHA is one of the California agencies that implements Biomonitoring California, which conducts research to measures chemical in California residents and inform programs to decrease exposures. For more information about Biomonitoring California see their website here. 

East Bay Diesel Particulate Matter
Map: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Study at a Glance:

  • Study Objectives: Improve understandings of community member’s exposures to diesel exhaust. Compare exposures within households and between impacted communities.
  • Geographic Area: Participant's everyday environments, both outside and indoors, throughout the East Bay, CA.
  • Participants: 50 parents and 50 children
  • Study Tools:  Urine samples, air and house dust samples, and questionnaires.
  • Partner: California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
  • Principal Investigators: Dr. Asa Bradman 
  • Funder: California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
  • Contact: Dr. Asa Bradman: abradman@berkeley.edu