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
Data NotesData Source: USEPA National-scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA), 2005 and NJDEP Division of Air Quality
Data SourcesU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Monitoring;
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DefinitionMean of modeled annual average benzene concentration for census tracts in a county, 2005
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 05/16/12, Published on 05/17/12