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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