ABOUT SCORECARD|POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS

POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS

PAHs are a group of more than 100 different chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil, gas, wood, garbage, or other organic substances. A few PAHs are used in medicines and to make dyes, plastics, and pesticides. Others are contained in asphalt used in road construction. PAHs generally occur as complex mixtures and usually occur naturally, but they can be manufactured as individual compounds for research purposes. They are found throughout the environment in the air, water, and soil. Studies of people show that individuals exposed by breathing or skin contact for long periods to mixtures that contain PAHs and other compounds can develop cancer. Scorecard provides information on PAHs as a class and on specific PAHs, but not on the PAH metabolites measured by CDC. For more information, select one of the links below. CDC's biomonitoring results for PAHs are available at http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/pah/default.htm

Health Hazards

Rank Facilities

  • 1-BENZO[A]ANTHRACENE
  • 3-FLUORANTHENE
    • 3-BENZO[A]ANTHRACENE
  • 2-FLUORENE
    • 1-BENZO[C]PHENANTHRENE
  • 3-FLUORENE
    • 2-BENZO[C]PHENANTHRENE
  • 1-PHENANTHRENE
    • 3- BENZO[C]PHENANTHRENE
  • 2-PHENANTHRENE
    • 3-CHRYSENE
  • 3-PHENANTHRENE
    • 6-CHRYSENE
  • 1-PYRENE