DCSIMG

Indicator Profile of Benzene in Outdoor Air

Why Is This Important?

People are exposed to benzene from tobacco smoking, automobile service stations, exhaust from motor vehicles, and industrial emissions. People living in cities or industrial areas are exposed to higher levels of benzene in air than those living in rural areas.

Breathing high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness. Long-term exposure causes harmful effects on the bone marrow, can lead to anemia, and can affect the immune system. Benzene is a known human carcinogen. Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air can cause leukemia.

Benzene Concentrations in Outdoor Air, by New Jersey County, NATA 2005

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Data Notes

Data Source: USEPA National-scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA), 2005 and NJDEP Division of Air Quality 

Data Sources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Monitoring; 

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Definition

Mean of modeled annual average benzene concentration for census tracts in a county, 2005

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Modeled mean benzene concentration in micrograms per cubic meter
Denominator: N/A

Page Content Updated On 05/16/12, Published on 05/17/12
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