Development of a Human Health Risk Factor for Long Chain Petroleum Hydrocarbons

Period of Performance: 05/10/1994 - 12/10/1994


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Staats Creative Sciences
1220 Oakland Drive
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


Contamination of soil and groundwater by petroleum products is a common problem at Department of Defense facilities. Site-specific human health risk assessments of petroleum contamination, particularly at weathered sites, may save millions of dollars in cleanup costs. However, many risk factors necessary to conduct such risk assessments are not available. Specifically, the risk factor does not exist for long-chain petroleum hydrocarbons (LCPHs) which are components of petroleum products, primarily diesel fuels. This proposal focuses on development of a risk factor for LCPHs in order to facilitate future site-specific health risk assessments at petroleum sites. In addition, a petroleum contamination site at an Air Force installation would be identified for a demonstation study of cleanup costs based on non-risk-based regulatory cleanup standards versus risk-based cleanup standards.