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Newark [Toxic Air] Pollution Prevention Improvement Plan


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This project will work towards voluntarily reducing industrial emissions in the East Ward of Newark, New Jersey. The organization Environmental Justice & Equity with Community-based Teamwork (EJECT) chooses to work in Newark because the affected community has large minority and low-income populations who are experiencing the highest cumulative pollution burdens and environmental respiratory health risks in New Jersey. EJECT plans to collect data about the top hazardous air toxins that are being released by facilities in the Newark area, as well as the cumulative pollution burdens experienced by the community. EJECT will partner with Environmental Occupational Safety & Services (EOSS)* who will utilize specialized environmental software, Lakes Environmental, to analyze data. Cumulative point source air releases/exposure data will be presented to facility representatives and community members in an easy-to-understand format at two environmental forums. Forum participants will then be asked to contribute to the development of a toxic air pollution prevention improvement plan for the East Ward. *During the project, EOSS was replaced by SVMC Consulting, Harper's Center, and LJ Communication Design developed and created environmental education materials.

This project seeks to enhance partnerships between government, facility and community members in Newark, and to develop innovative approaches to reducing pollution.

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This section describes how emissions were measured or modeled, and what risk factors were used.

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1. How is this project best classified?


2. How are the assessment results summarized?

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3. What risk types or hazards are considered in the project?


4. List any additional features that describe the scope of the project.


5. Is the risk assessment done for an individual source (e.g., a permitted source) or for multiple sources in the area?


6. Which pollutants are assessed?

6.a. Are they assessed individually, or on a cumulative basis?

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7. Does the project consider ambient/background concentrations in determining exposure?


8. What conservative assumptions are made?

9. What "best estimate" assumptions are made?

10. What cancer and non-cancer toxicity dose response values are used? Do they differ from the EPA IRIS values? What is the data source for these values?


11. What assumptions are made when a match from chemical emitted to toxicity value is not exact?


12. What is the basis for emission estimates used in the project -- actual or allowable?


13. What exposure pathways are assessed?


14. What assumptions are made in considering exposure pathways?


15. For inhalation exposure assessments, is exposure modeling conducted (i.e., consideration of changes in pollutant inhalation concentrations in different locations frequented at different times by populations of interest)? Or is there an assumption of continuous exposure to outdoor air over a certain time period?


16. Describe the peer review process for the study, if any.


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