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Staten Island/New Jersey Urban Air Toxics Assessment Project

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The project was a program of ambient air monitoring and meteorological data collection from October 1987 through September 1989, and indoor air sampling from July 1990 through mid-March 1991. An emission inventory was conducted to assist source identification and support risk management where the risk assessment indicated such a need.

This study examined the levels of toxic air pollutants in the Staten Island/New Jersey area and was designed to assess the health risks (cancer and noncancer) to the residents of Staten Island due to the emission of these toxic air pollutants. Estimation of risk of cancer and noncancer effects from lifetime inhalation exposure to air toxics released from point, area, and mobile sources. A limited study of indoor air and an odor monitoring study was also carried out.

Completed reports available from National Technical Information Service (NTIS), telephone number (703) 878-4650.

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** This project is completed. **

2. What State and/or Region is the project located?


3. What is the specific location of the project?

Staten Island, NY and New Jersey

4. What is the objective and scope of the project?

Estimation of risk of cancer and noncancer effects from lifetime inhalation exposure to air toxics released from point, area, and mobile sources.

5. What is driving the need for this project?

The study was undertaken in response to concerns of the residents of Staten Island that their health might be at serious risk from breathing air often characterized by disagreeable odors resulting from a neighboring complex of major industries including pharmaceutical plants, oil refineries, and chemical storage facilities. A number of studies had concluded that residents of Staten Island had experienced a higher incidence of cancers than other communities of similar socioeconomic status. Elected officials and other representatives of Staten Island asked state and federal officials to investigate the causes of recurrent odor episodes and to determine whether or not emissions from neighboring industrial sources might be responsible for suspected excess cancer incidences in the area.

6. What is the geographic scale of the project?


7. When did the project begin?

8. When did the project end?

9. What is the time period of the data being used in the project?

10. In general, how is this project designed?

Emission inventory was developed to assess sources of air toxic emissions; ambient air monitoring was used to determine average air pollutant concentrations

11. What does this project contribute to the risk knowledge base?

12. Who are the primary contacts for the project?

Carol Bellizzi
EPA Region 2
(212) 637-3712

13. If there is a published report, who are the authors?

14. What is the report ID number of the project and/or the publication date?

15. What was the cost of the project?

16. How is the project being funded?

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