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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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1. What types of public outreach will be conducted as part of this project?

2. Is the public involved in issue identification?

3. Does the public have a role in the planning the project?

4. Is the public participating in a decision making or advisory capacity?

5. Will the public be involved in gathering some of the data for the project?

6. What Stakeholders were involved, including Federal, State, and local agencies?

EPA Region 2, two state agencies, one college, and one university worked in cooperation. Other EPA offices, EPA contract labs, and individual contractors supported the effort, as well.

7. What role did the community or other stakeholders play in the project? Is the public involved in issue identification? Does the public have a role in planning the project? Will the public be involved in gathering some of the data for the project?

An adjunct study was also completed to determine whether concentrations of targeted organic compounds increased during odor episodes. Selected residents of the area collected ambient air samples during odor episodes.

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