Australia: Research to test carcinogenic levels in bushfire smoke

Australia: Research to test carcinogenic levels in bushfire smoke

Source: ABC News Online, 30 August 2002


A program has begun to measure the level of carcinogenic dioxins in Darwin’s environment.The CSIRO says the year-long research will test overseas findings that bushfires may be the largest source of dioxins in Australia, which are potentially harmful to human health. 

Principal research scientist Dr Garry Cook says the local findings will be compared with results from around the country.
“Darwin is exposed to probably the most amount of bushfire smoke of any reasonable sized city in Australia,” he said.
“If it is in fact true, that bushfires are an important source of dioxins, we probably have some of the highest levels of exposure in the country, but we don’t know that as yet.”


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