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Complete Health Indicator Report of Perchloroethylene in Outdoor Air

Definition

Mean of modeled annual average perchloroethylene concentration for census tracts in a county using 2014 NATA data

Numerator

Modeled mean perchloroethylene concentration in micrograms per cubic meter

Denominator

N/A

Why Is This Important?

Perchloroethylene (also called tetrachloroethylene), is a colorless liquid widely used for dry cleaning of fabrics. Textile mills, chlorofluorocarbon producers, vapor degreasing and metal cleaning operations, and makers of rubber coatings may also use perchloroethylene. It is also commonly used in aerosol formulations, solvent soaps, printing inks, typewriter correction fluid, adhesives, sealants, shoe polishes and lubricants. Perchloroethylene is a central nervous system depressant. Inhaling its vapors can cause dizziness, headache, sleepiness, confusion, nausea, and unconsciousness. Breathing perchloroethylene over long periods of time can cause liver and kidney damage and memory loss. Perchloroethylene is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable human carcinogen.

How Are We Doing?

The highest ambient air concentration can be found in Salem County.

What Is Being Done?

Industrial facilities that emit this chemical must obtain permits from the NJDEP Air Program and are also subject to state and federal air pollution control technology requirements.

Available Services

To view select air quality data collected at outdoor monitors across the United States go to: [http://www.epa.gov/airdata] New Jersey County Risk Ratio tables can be found at the following URL: [http://www.state.nj.us/dep/airmon/airtoxics/nataest.htm#rrtab]


Related Indicators

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:



Data Tables


Perchloroethylene Concentrations in Outdoor Air, by New Jersey County, 2014 NATA

CountyMean Concentration (ug/m3)
Record Count: 22
Atlantic0.02
Bergen0.03
Burlington0.02
Camden0.03
Cape May0.02
Cumberland0.02
Essex0.03
Gloucester0.03
Hudson0.03
Hunterdon0.02
Mercer0.03
Middlesex0.03
Monmouth0.02
Morris0.02
Ocean0.02
Passaic0.03
Salem0.04
Somerset0.02
Sussex0.02
Union0.03
Warren0.02
New Jersey0.02

Data Notes

Data Source: National-scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA), 2014 and NJDEP Division of Air Quality

Data Sources

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Bureau of Air Monitoring, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection


Source Contribution Estimates, Percent by Source, Statewide for New Jersey, 2014 NATA

Pollutant Source ContributionsPercent
Record Count: 5
Point5.82
Area94.18
On-road Mobile0
Non-road Mobile0
Background0

Data Notes

Data Source: National-scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA), 2014 and NJDEP Division of Air Quality

References and Community Resources

The USEPA Integrated Risk Information System provides more detailed information about perchloroethylene and research studies on its health effects. [https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/iris2/chemicalLanding.cfm?substance_nmbr=106] New Jersey Statewide Average 2005 NATA Modeled Air Concentrations and comparisons to health benchmarks can be found at: [http://www.state.nj.us/dep/airmon/airtoxics/Tetrachloroethylene05.htm] Pollution Prevention and Community Right to Know: [http://web.doh.state.nj.us/rtkhsfs/factsheets.aspx] 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.

Page Content Updated On 05/09/2019, Published on 05/09/2019
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