Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals

VOLUME 3

Subcommittee on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels

Committee on Toxicology

Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals VOLUME 3 Subcommittee on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels Committee on Toxicology Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS Washington, D.C. www.nap.edu

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS 500 Fifth Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001 NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance. This project was supported by Contract Nos. DAMD17-89-C-9086 and DAMD1-99-C-9049 between the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Army. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project. International Standard Book Number 0-309-08883-6 (Book) International Standard Book Number 0-309-51590-4 (PDF) Additional copies of this report are available from: The National Academies Press 500 Fifth Street, N.W. Box 285 Washington, DC 20055 800–624–6242 202–334–3313 (in the Washington metropolitan area) http://www.nap.edu Copyright 2003 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 SUBCOMMITTEE ON ACUTE EXPOSURE GUIDELINE LEVELS Members DANIEL KREWSKI (Chair), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada EDWARD C. BISHOP, Parsons Corporation, Fairfax, VA JAMES V. BRUCKNER, University of Georgia, Athens JOHN DOULL, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City KANNAN KRISHNAN, University of Montreal, Canada STEPHEN U. LESTER, Center for Health, Environment and Justice, Falls Church, VA FRANZ OESCH, University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany RICHARD B. SCHLESINGER, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY CALVIN C. WILLHITE, Department of Toxic Substances, State of California, Berkeley FREDERIK A. DE WOLFF, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands Staff KULBIR S. BAKSHI, Program Director KELLY CLARK, Editor AIDA C. NEEL, Senior Project Assistant

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 COMMITTEE ON TOXICOLOGY Members BAILUS WALKER, JR. (Chair), Howard University Medical Center and American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C. MELVIN E. ANDERSEN, Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, Centers for Health Research, Research Triangle Park, NC EDWARD C. BISHOP, Parsons Corporation, Fairfax, VA GARY P. CARLSON, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN JANICE E. CHAMBERS, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State LEONARD CHIAZZE, JR., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. JUDITH A. GRAHAM, American Chemistry Council, Arlington, VA SIDNEY GREEN, Howard University, Washington, D.C. MERYL KAROL, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA STEPHEN U. LESTER, Center for Health Environment and Justice, Falls Church, VA DAVID H. MOORE, Battelle Memorial Institute, Bel Air, MD CALVIN C. WILLHITE, Department of Toxic Substances, State of California, Berkeley GERALD WOGAN, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge Staff KULBIR S. BAKSHI, Program Director SUSAN N. J. MARTEL, Senior Staff Officer ELLEN K. MANTUS, Senior Staff Officer KELLY CLARK, Assistant Editor AIDA C. NEEL, Senior Project Assistant TAMARA DAWSON, Project Assistant

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 BOARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND TOXICOLOGY1 Members GORDON ORIANS (Chair), University of Washington, Seattle JOHN DOULL (Vice Chair), University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City DAVID ALLEN, University of Texas, Austin THOMAS BURKE, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD JUDITH C.CHOW, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV CHRISTOPHER B. FIELD, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Stanford, CA WILLIAM H. GLAZE, Oregon Health and Science University, Beaverton SHERRI W. GOODMAN, Center for Naval Analyses, Alexandria, VA DANIEL S. GREENBAUM, Health Effects Institute, Cambridge, MA ROGENE HENDERSON, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Albuquerque, NM CAROL HENRY, American Chemistry Council, Arlington, VA ROBERT HUGGETT, Michigan State University, East Lansing BARRY L. JOHNSON Emory University, Atlanta, GA JAMES H. JOHNSON, Howard University, Washington, DC JAMES A. MACMAHON, Utah State University, Logan PATRICK V. O’BRIEN, Chevron Research and Technology, Richmond, CA DOROTHY E. PATTON, International Life Sciences Institute, Washington, DC ANN POWERS, Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY LOUISE M. RYAN, Harvard University, Boston, MA JONATHAN M. SAMET, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD KIRK SMITH, University of California, Berkeley LISA SPEER, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York, NY G.DAVID TILMAN, University of Minnesota, St. Paul CHRIS G. WHIPPLE, Environ Incorporated, Emeryville, CA LAUREN A. ZEISE, California Environmental Protection Agency, Oakland Senior Staff JAMES J. REISA, Director DAVID J. POLICANSKY, Associate Director RAYMOND A. WASSEL, Senior Program Director for Environmental Sciences and Engineering KULBIR BAKSHI, Program Director for the Committee on Toxicology ROBERTA M. WEDGE, Program Director for Risk Analysis K.JOHN HOLMES, Senior Staff Officer SUSAN N. J. MARTEL, Senior Staff Officer SUZANNE VAN DRUNICK, Senior Staff Officer EILEEN N. ABT, Senior Staff Officer ELLEN K. MANTUS, Senior Staff Officer RUTH E. CROSSGROVE, Managing Editor 1   This study was planned, overseen, and supported by the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology.

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 OTHER REPORTS OF THE BOARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND TOXICOLOGY Cumulative Environmental Effects of Alaska North Slope Oil and Gas Development (2003) Estimating the Public Health Benefits of Proposed Air Pollution Regulations (2002) Biosolids Applied to Land: Advancing Standards and Practices (2002) Ecological Dynamics on Yellowstone’s Northern Range (2002) The Airliner Cabin Environment and Health of Passengers and Crew (2002) Arsenic in Drinking Water: 2001 Update (2001) Evaluating Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs (2001) Compensating for Wetland Losses Under the Clean Water Act (2001) A Risk-Management Strategy for PCB-Contaminated Sediments (2001) Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals (3 volumes, 2000–2003) Toxicological Effects of Methylmercury (2000) Strengthening Science at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2000) Scientific Frontiers in Developmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment (2000) Ecological Indicators for the Nation (2000) Modeling Mobile-Source Emissions (2000) Waste Incineration and Public Health (1999) Hormonally Active Agents in the Environment (1999) Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter (4 volumes, 1998–2003) Ozone-Forming Potential of Reformulated Gasoline (1999) Arsenic in Drinking Water (1999) The National Research Council’s Committee on Toxicology: The First 50 Years (1997) Carcinogens and Anticarcinogens in the Human Diet (1996) Upstream: Salmon and Society in the Pacific Northwest (1996) Science and the Endangered Species Act (1995) Wetlands: Characteristics and Boundaries (1995) Biologic Markers (5 volumes, 1989–1995) Review of EPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (3 volumes, 1994–1995) Science and Judgment in Risk Assessment (1994) Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children (1993) Dolphins and the Tuna Industry (1992) Science and the National Parks (1992) Human Exposure Assessment for Airborne Pollutants (1991) Rethinking the Ozone Problem in Urban and Regional Air Pollution (1991) Decline of the Sea Turtles (1990) Copies of these reports may be ordered from The National Academies Press (800) 624–6242 or (202) 334–3313 www.nap.edu

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 Preface Extremely hazardous substances (EHSs)1 can be released accidentally as a result of chemical spills, industrial explosions, fires, or accidents involving railroad cars and trucks transporting EHSs. The people in communities surrounding industrial facilities where EHSs are manufactured, used, or stored and in communities along the nation’s railways and highways are potentially at risk of being exposed to airborne EHSs during accidental releases. Pursuant to the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified approximately 400 EHSs on the basis of acute lethality data in rodents. As part of its efforts to develop acute exposure guideline levels for EHSs, EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in 1991 requested that the National Research Council (NRC) develop guidelines for establishing such levels. In response to that request, the NRC published Guidelines for Developing Community Emergency Exposure Levels for Hazardous Substances in 1993. Using the 1993 NRC guidelines report, the National Advisory Committee (NAC) on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances—consisting of members from EPA, the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Transportation, other federal and state governments, the chemical industry, 1   As defined pursuant to the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986.

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 academia, and other organizations from the private sector—has developed acute exposure guideline levels (AEGLs) for approximately 80 EHSs. In 1998, EPA and DOD requested that the NRC independently review the AEGLs developed by NAC. In response to that request, the NRC organized within its Committee on Toxicology the Subcommittee on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels, which prepared this report. This report is the third volume in the series Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals. It reviews the AEGLs for the nerve agents (GA [tabun], GB [sarin], GD [soman], GF, and VX), sulfur mustard, diborane, and methyl isocyanate for scientific accuracy, completeness, and consistency with the NRC guideline reports. This report was reviewed in draft by individuals selected for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Mohamed Abou-Donia of Duke University; Janice Chambers of Mississippi State University; and Sidney Green of Howard University. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by David Moore of Battelle Memorial Institute, appointed by the Division on Earth and Life Studies, who was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution. The subcommittee gratefully acknowledges the valuable assistance provided by the following persons: Roger Garrett (deceased, March 31, 2003), Paul Tobin, and Ernest Falke (all from EPA); George Rusch (Honeywell, Inc.); Po Yung Lu, Claudia Troxel, Robert Young, Carol Forsyth, Dennis Opresko, and Annetta Watson (all from Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Aida Neel was the project assistant. Kelly Clark

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 edited the report. We are grateful to James J.Reisa, director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST), for his helpful comments. The subcommittee particularly acknowledges Kulbir Bakshi, project director for the subcommittee, for bringing the report to completion. Finally, we would like to thank all members of the subcommittee for their expertise and dedicated effort throughout the development of this report. Daniel Krewski, Chair Subcommittee on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels Bailus Walker, Chair Committee on Toxicology

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 Dedication The subcommittee dedicates this series of reports to our late colleague and director of the Acute Exposure Guideline Levels program, Dr. Roger L.Garrett, whose 27 years of distinguished service with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the fields of toxicology and health-risk assessment contributed significantly to scientific knowledge, to the development of the Acute Exposure Guideline Levels program, and to the protection of public health and safety.

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 3 Contents     Introduction   1     Roster of the National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances   10     Appendixes         1 Nerve Agents GA, GB, GD, GF, and VX: Acute Exposure Guideline Levels   15     2 Sulfur Mustard: Acute Exposure Guideline Levels   301     3 Methyl Isocyanate: Acute Exposure Guideline Levels   384     4 Diborane: Acute Exposure Guideline Levels   444

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