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Philadelphia Air Toxics Risk Reduction Project


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The population in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, faces a much higher than average risk of developing cancer and other disease as a result of exposure to air toxics, according to EPA's 1996 National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA). EPA Region III and Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS), with support by EPA HQ, are conducting the Philadelphia Air Toxics project to address the City's air toxics related health concerns by: 1) assesing in detail air toxics sources, concentrations, ihnalation exposure, and risk for those air toxics identified by NATA as presenting the greatest health risks, 2) encouraging owners of diesel powered trucks, buses, and other vehicles to voluntarily retrofit their vehicles with emission controls and to use ultra-low sulfur fuel oil, and by encouraging other voluntary efforts in Philadelphia that will result in air toxics emissions reductions, and 3) informing the public of actions they can take to help reduce air toxics emissions and to reduce their exposure to air toxics.

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