[Cancer risk for coke-oven workers in the Taranto steel plant]

Epidemiol Prev. 2005 Sep-Dec;29(5-6 Suppl):42-4.
[Article in Italian]


Taranto coke oven batteries create a carcinogenic risk because of workers' exposure to PAHs, benzene and asbestos. Because of the vicinity to the city and the inadequacy of measures of pollution control, a risk also exists for the general population. Although the issue of environmental reclaim had been addressed by a specific law (DPR 23.04.1998), the solution to close the oldest batteries had been adopted through and enforced by the city administration and the Court. However, a recent agreement between ILVA and the Apulia Regional Administration has allowed to restart the use of some ovens, after simple revamping.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Coke
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Metallurgy*
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Risk Factors
  • Steel


  • Coke
  • Steel