Air Pollution in New York City. Jack Lebeau MD E Global Solutions – Anthony Straggi January 2005. Air Pollution in New York State is concentrated in the area of NYC. Air Toxics (Carcinogens) EPA Benchmark Concentrations(µg/m3) Acetaldehyde0.45Benzene0.12
Air Pollution in New York City
Jack Lebeau MD
E Global Solutions – Anthony Straggi
(Carcinogens) EPA Benchmark Concentrations(µg/m3)
Carbon tetrachloride0.067 Methylene chloride2.1
Ethylene dibromide0.0045 1,1,2-Trichloroethane0.063
Ethylene oxide0.0043 Vinyl chloride0.012
Tetrachloroethylene1.7 Vinylidene chloride0.02
*The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed benchmarks for "safe" concentrations of toxics in air, levels at which one person in one million is at risk of developing cancer. Key represents the risk factor for a combination of 31 toxics as a multiple of EPA's safe level (e.g. darkest shade indicates levels more than 400 times EPA's safe concentrations). See the chart on the next slide for a list of the 31 toxics.
New Jersey Industry
Port of New York
*These include stationary engines like generators and pumps , and off-road as well as on-road engines.
Everyone in the NY metropolitan area breathes air that fails to meet EPA health standards, and many New Yorkers suffer serious health impacts from breathing that dirty air.
Asthma Hospitalization rates by ZIP Code
in NYC for Children Aged 0-14 in the year 2000
Perera, F.P. et al. Biomarkers in maternal and newborn blood indicate heightened fetal susceptibility to procarcinogenic DNA damage.Environmental Health PerspectivesVol.112, pp.1133-1136 (July 2004).
will become even more cost-effective than it already is today.
Think about other sources of air pollution!
Similarly, Staten Islanders are exposed to air pollutants emitted from nearby Newark Airport and many northeastern New Jersey industries. Helicopters in New York City are also a persistent source of air pollution, as emissions from helicopters are essentially unregulated.
League of Conservation Voters
A Future We Can Make Real
A comprehensive plan to clean the air is needed. It must look at the Port of New York, roads, airports, helicopters and even dry cleaners and other users of chemical toxins. Real courage and conviction has curtailed smoking in public places in NYC. The City’s air can be cleaned. With clear thinking and planning it will be affordable and save far more than it will cost.