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Complete Health Indicator Report of Ozone in Outdoor Air

Definition

Days in which the average concentration of ozone in outdoor air exceeds the regulatory standard at an ozone monitoring point

Numerator

Number of days in a year in which the ozone concentration at a monitor exceeded the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), averaged over an 8-hour period

Denominator

Not applicable

Why Is This Important?

Ozone is an odorless, colorless gas that forms both in the air at ground level and in the Earth's upper atmosphere (the stratosphere). Ground-level ozone forms when precursor pollutants that come from cars, power plants, and other sources react with each other in heat and sunlight. While ozone in the stratosphere creates a layer that protects us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, ozone at ground level may irritate and damage the lungs, and harm human health in other ways. The federal health-based standard for ozone in outdoor air was 0.075 parts per million (ppm) averaged over an 8-hour period until December 2015, after which time it was lowered to 0.070 ppm.

How Are We Doing?

New Jersey has an extensive system of monitors to evaluate the quality of outdoor air. Ten monitor sites operate year round, and six are operated only during the ozone season (March 1st through October 31st): Ancora in Camden Co., Clarksboro in Gloucester Co., Colliers Mills in Ocean Co., Leonia in Bergen Co., Monmouth Univ. in Monmouth Co., and Ramapo in Passaic Co. Over the years, air quality in New Jersey has been improving. More stringent federal health-based standards for both ozone and particulates, were promulgated in 2016, and require states to do more to protect human health. PM2.5 monitoring requirements were changed in 2006 (24-hour) and in 2013 (annual). The AQI uses five of the six pollutants for which there are national health-based standards (ground-level ozone, particulates, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide) and compares pollutant levels to the federal standards in order to assign an air quality rating such as "good" or "unhealthy".

What Is Being Done?

Under the federal Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has set health-based standards for ozone in the air we breathe. The USEPA and state and local governments have instituted a variety of multi-faceted programs to meet these health-based standards. The NJDEP has adopted rules to reduce emissions of VOCs from consumer products and establish requirements that apply to manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retailers of VOCs. Beginning January 1, 2009, New Jersey implemented the California Low Emission Vehicle (CLEV) program. Non-regulatory programs also encourage communities to adopt practices such as carpooling to reduce harmful emissions. The NJDEP has also planted thousands of shade trees in urban areas to absorb and reduce ozone and NOx, lower temperatures, and reduce energy demand and emissions from energy generation. Success story: Recommendations for Reducing Smog Throughout NJ and Beyond [http://www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/documents/epht/tra_action/reducing_smog_in_nj.pdf] Success story: Air Quality and Asthma in NJ Children [http://www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/documents/epht/tra_action/helping_children_breathe_easier.pdf] Success story: Collaborating to Diminish Smog and Improve Health in NJ [http://www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/documents/epht/tra_action/clean_air_nj.pdf]

Available Services

The NJDEP's Bureau of Air Monitoring measures air pollution levels in New Jersey around the clock and compares them to national health standards. Updates and forecasts are sent to the wire services and other media, and health advisories are also issued when air pollution reaches unhealthful levels. The NJDEP's Bureau of Air Monitoring web site contains information on current air quality as well as historic trends. The web site is: [http://www.njaqinow.net/] The USEPA compiles air quality data from around the country and presents it to the public on the following web site: [http://www.airnow.gov] To sign up to receive air quality alerts, sign up at EPA's Enviroflash website: [http://www.enviroflash.info/] Throughout the year, as part of the nightly news, local TV networks frequently broadcast a map showing the next day's air quality forecast for the different regions of the state. Check your TV listings for channel information.


Related Indicators

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Data Tables


Ozone in Outdoor Air, Number of Days Ozone Exceeded the 8-Hour Standard Statewide, 2000-2018

YearNumber of DaysNote
Record Count: 19
200018Based on 0.08 ppm standard
200134Based on 0.08 ppm standard
200245Based on 0.08 ppm standard
200317Based on 0.08 ppm standard
200413Based on 0.08 ppm standard
200523Based on 0.08 ppm standard
200620Based on 0.08 ppm standard
200723Based on 0.08 ppm standard
200830Based on 0.075 ppm standard
20099Based on 0.075 ppm standard
201035Based on 0.075 ppm standard
201121Based on 0.075 ppm standard
201223Based on 0.075 ppm standard
201310Based on 0.075 ppm standard
20143Based on 0.075 ppm standard
201520Based on 0.075 ppm standard
201625Based on 0.070 ppm standard
201714Based on 0.070 ppm standard
201821Based on 0.070 ppm standard

Data Notes

Target is 0 days with ozone above standard. Values for years 2000-2007 are based upon the old 8-hour ozone standard of 0.08ppm. Values for years 2008-2015 reflect the 8-hour ozone standard of 0.075 ppm. Values from 2016 forward reflect the 8-hour ozone standard of 0.070 ppm. NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Monitoring.

Data Source

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Ozone in Outdoor Air, Number of Days Ozone Exceeded the standard, by County, 2014-2018

NJ CountiesYearNumber of Days Standard Exceeded
Record Count: 75
Atlantic20140
Atlantic20152
Atlantic20161
Atlantic20170
Atlantic20181
Bergen20141
Bergen20155
Bergen20168
Bergen20177
Bergen201813
Camden20141
Camden201510
Camden20169
Camden201710
Camden20185
Cumberland20140
Cumberland20150
Cumberland20161
Cumberland20170
Cumberland20180
Essex20140
Essex20150
Essex20163
Essex20171
Essex20184
Gloucester20141
Gloucester20154
Gloucester20167
Gloucester20176
Gloucester20187
Hudson20142
Hudson20157
Hudson20162
Hudson20173
Hudson20189
Hunterdon20140
Hunterdon20151
Hunterdon20167
Hunterdon20174
Hunterdon20185
Mercer20142
Mercer20153
Mercer201613
Mercer20174
Mercer20187
Middlesex20142
Middlesex20157
Middlesex201612
Middlesex20176
Middlesex20186
Monmouth20141
Monmouth20154
Monmouth20163
Monmouth20171
Monmouth20180
Morris20140
Morris20150
Morris20163
Morris20173
Morris20185
Ocean20141
Ocean20154
Ocean20166
Ocean20174
Ocean20188
Passaic20140
Passaic20152
Passaic20165
Passaic20171
Passaic20183
Warren20140
Warren20151
Warren20163
Warren20171
Warren20181

Data Notes

Not all New Jersey counties have a monitoring station for ozone. Only those counties with monitoring stations are listed. For the years 2014-2015, the ozone standard was 0.075 ppm. For 2016 and forward, the ozone standard was lowered to 0.070 ppm.

Data Source

Bureau of Air Monitoring, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection


Ozone in Outdoor Air, Days with Ozone Exceeding the Standard, by Year and County, 2001-2018

NJ CountiesYearNumber of Days Exceeded the Standard
Record Count: 248
Atlantic200118
Atlantic200222
Atlantic200311
Atlantic20044
Atlantic200513
Atlantic20064
Atlantic20077
Atlantic20081
Atlantic20091
Atlantic20106
Atlantic20112
Atlantic20124
Atlantic20132
Atlantic20140
Atlantic20152
Atlantic20161
Atlantic20170
Atlantic20181
Bergen200123
Bergen200231
Bergen200310
Bergen20046
Bergen200517
Bergen20069
Bergen20076
Bergen20086
Bergen20092
Bergen20105
Bergen201110
Bergen20131
Bergen20141
Bergen20168
Bergen20177
Bergen201813
Camden200139
Camden200247
Camden200323
Camden200410
Camden200531
Camden200620
Camden200727
Camden200816
Camden20090
Camden201016
Camden20118
Camden201220
Camden20130
Camden20141
Camden20169
Camden201710
Camden20185
Cumberland200122
Cumberland200231
Cumberland200310
Cumberland20046
Cumberland200513
Cumberland20069
Cumberland200710
Cumberland20088
Cumberland20091
Cumberland20106
Cumberland20112
Cumberland201210
Cumberland20130
Cumberland20140
Cumberland20150
Cumberland20161
Cumberland20170
Cumberland20180
Essex200215
Essex20109
Essex20118
Essex20127
Essex20131
Essex20140
Essex20150
Essex20163
Essex20171
Essex20184
Gloucester200125
Gloucester200238
Gloucester200314
Gloucester20049
Gloucester200512
Gloucester200613
Gloucester200712
Gloucester200817
Gloucester20091
Gloucester201014
Gloucester201111
Gloucester201216
Gloucester20131
Gloucester20141
Gloucester20154
Gloucester20167
Gloucester20176
Gloucester20187
Hudson200116
Hudson200220
Hudson20037
Hudson20045
Hudson200512
Hudson200610
Hudson200712
Hudson20087
Hudson20090
Hudson20106
Hudson20115
Hudson20123
Hudson20142
Hudson20157
Hudson20162
Hudson20173
Hudson20189
Hunterdon200129
Hunterdon200235
Hunterdon200310
Hunterdon200415
Hunterdon200522
Hunterdon20069
Hunterdon200721
Hunterdon200813
Hunterdon20092
Hunterdon20109
Hunterdon20117
Hunterdon20126
Hunterdon20131
Hunterdon20140
Hunterdon20151
Hunterdon20167
Hunterdon20174
Hunterdon20185
Mercer200129
Mercer200242
Mercer200316
Mercer20048
Mercer200518
Mercer200614
Mercer200717
Mercer200810
Mercer20090
Mercer201015
Mercer20119
Mercer201211
Mercer20132
Mercer20142
Mercer20153
Mercer201613
Mercer20174
Mercer20187
Middlesex200130
Middlesex200245
Middlesex200317
Middlesex20046
Middlesex200521
Middlesex200613
Middlesex200725
Middlesex200813
Middlesex20090
Middlesex201015
Middlesex201111
Middlesex201211
Middlesex20130
Middlesex20142
Middlesex20157
Middlesex201612
Middlesex20176
Middlesex20186
Monmouth200121
Monmouth200229
Monmouth200318
Monmouth20048
Monmouth200518
Monmouth20067
Monmouth200715
Monmouth200810
Monmouth20092
Monmouth20106
Monmouth20118
Monmouth201210
Monmouth20133
Monmouth20141
Monmouth20154
Monmouth20163
Monmouth20171
Monmouth20180
Morris200131
Morris200241
Morris200310
Morris20042
Morris200511
Morris200620
Morris200721
Morris20089
Morris20091
Morris20105
Morris20116
Morris20124
Morris20132
Morris20140
Morris20150
Morris20163
Morris20173
Morris20185
Ocean200133
Ocean200241
Ocean200319
Ocean200422
Ocean200526
Ocean200618
Ocean200716
Ocean200815
Ocean20092
Ocean201016
Ocean201111
Ocean20129
Ocean20131
Ocean20141
Ocean20154
Ocean20166
Ocean20174
Ocean20188
Passaic200117
Passaic200220
Passaic20036
Passaic20043
Passaic200512
Passaic20064
Passaic200713
Passaic20084
Passaic20090
Passaic20104
Passaic20113
Passaic20121
Passaic20131
Passaic20140
Passaic20152
Passaic20165
Passaic20171
Passaic20183
Warren20111
Warren20121
Warren20130
Warren20140
Warren20151
Warren20163
Warren20171
Warren20181

Data Notes

The latest ozone standard of 0.070 took effect in 2016. For the years 2000-2007, the ozone standard was 0.080 ppm. For the years 2008-2015, the ozone standard was lowered to 0.075 ppm. Not all New Jersey counties have a monitoring station for ozone. Only those counties with monitoring stations are listed.

Data Source

Bureau of Air Monitoring, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

References and Community Resources

Ground-level ozone can lower your resistance to infections such as colds and pneumonia. It can also damage lung tissue, intensify heart and lung diseases (such as asthma), and cause coughing and throat irritation. When ozone reaches unhealthy levels, children and people with asthma are most at risk, but even healthy adults doing heavy exercise or labor outdoors may experience the effects of ozone. Individuals should try to limit outdoor activities when ozone reaches unhealthy levels. Ozone pollution is a concern during the summer months because strong sunlight and hot weather result in elevated levels of harmful ozone concentrations in the air we breathe. Many urban and suburban areas throughout the United States experience high levels of ground-level ozone. Many rural areas of the country are also subject to high ozone levels as winds carry emissions hundreds of miles away from their original sources. In New Jersey, all counties experience unhealthy ozone levels during the summer months. All of us can help reduce air pollution that can lead to ozone formation. Throughout the summer ozone season, you should: - Properly maintain your vehicle to comply with air pollution standards - Make sure your car's gas cap fits properly - Refuel cars after dusk - Do not "top off" your tank - Avoid unnecessary trips or consolidate trips - Limit idling your car - Carpool or use public transportation - Limit the use of gasoline powered mowers - Use water-based paints - Barbecue without starter fluid NJDEP "What's in My Community?" mapping application: [https://njdep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=76194937cbbe46b1ab9a9ec37c7d709b] On the map you will find every facility with an air permit registered with the Division of Air Quality at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

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