East Bay Diesel Exposure Project

Study of diesel exhaust exposure in child-parent pairs in the San Francisco Bay Area

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The East Bay Diesel Exposure Project is a collaboration with the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington.

We will measure levels of 1-nitropyrene (1-NP) metabolites in urine to assess diesel exhaust exposure in residents of Oakland, Richmond, and San Pablo.  The areas included in the study were chosen based on information from CalEnviroScreen. We will recruit 50 families with a child aged 3 to 6 and collect urine samples from the child and one parent.  Samples will be collected in two different seasons (winter and spring). The project design will allow us to compare 1-NP results within a household, across age, between communities, and by season. 

Companion studies are being conducted to analyze 1-NP in dust from participants’ homes, and measure black carbon in indoor air.  Black carbon is a sooty material released into the air from diesel engines and other sources, and can end up in homes.  The filters from the black carbon monitors will also be analyzed for 1-NP.

Project Type: 

Full project collaboration

Project Status: 



100 East Bay residents (50 child-parent pairs)

Sample Collection Date: 

2017 to 2018

Sample Collection Area: 

Oakland, Richmond, and San Pablo, California

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    Biomonitoring California Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting, November 2019