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Activity Number: 546
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Risk Analysis
Abstract - #303741
Title: Particulate Matter Is Not Killing Californians
Author(s): James E. Enstrom*+
Companies: University of California at Los Angeles
Address: BOX 951772, A1-295 CHS, Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1772,
Keywords: epidemiology ; particulate matter ; mortality ; causality ; statistics ; California

There is now overwhelming epidemiologic evidence that particulate matter (PM), both fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and course particulate matter (PM10), is not related to total mortality in California. I will examine all the long-term PM epidemiologic cohort studies in California, and discuss the ways the findings from these studies have be used and/or ignored. I will discuss the limitations of these studies: lack of access to key databases; the ecological fallacy; failure to consider other pollutants; failure to satisfy causality criteria; and failure to consider other competing health risks. Also, ethical issues underlying much of PM2.5 epidemiology will be discussed. I will make a strong case that PM2.5 is not killing Californians and that there is not a scientific or public health basis for the many of the existing and proposed regulations designed to reduce PM levels in California.

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