Indicator Profile of Acetaldehyde in Outdoor Air

Why Is This Important?

Acetaldehyde is emitted into the atmosphere through incomplete combustion of gasoline from automotive tailpipe exhaust, and can also be found in smokestack emissions and in smoke produced from fires. In New Jersey's urban areas, emissions are primarily from mobile sources (e.g. cars, trucks, buses) with minor contribution from stationary sources (e.g. fireplaces and wood stoves, forest and wildfires, pulp and paper production, wastewater processing).

People exposed to acetaldehyde can experience irritation of the respiratory tract and altered respiratory function. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that acetaldehyde is a probable human carcinogen.

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

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Data Notes

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

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

How We Calculated the Rates

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

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