Health Indicator Report of Acrolein in Outdoor Air
Throughout the nation, mobile sources (e.g., cars, trucks, buses) account for a large fraction of acrolein emissions to the environment. Acrolein is emitted into the atmosphere through incomplete combustion of gasoline from automotive tailpipes. Acrolein causes eye irritation, burning of the nose and throat, and lung damage. These effects usually disappear after exposure stops. However, there is very little information about how exposure to acrolein affects people's health.
NotesData Source: USEPA National-scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA), 2017 and NJDEP Division of Air Quality
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Bureau of Air Monitoring, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
DefinitionMean of modeled annual average acrolein concentration for census tracts in a county using 2017 NATA data
NumeratorModeled mean acrolein concentration in micrograms per cubic meter
How Are We Doing?All New Jersey counties exceed the health benchmark of 0.02 micrograms of acrolein per cubic meter of air. The highest reported concentration using modeled results can be found in Hudson County. Acrolein concentrations in ambient air throughout the state are also influenced by out-of-state emissions from both stationary and mobile sources.
What Is Being Done?In the outdoor environment, acrolein is a byproduct of combustion and subject to the general controls on automobile and stationary sources. 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 ServicesTo 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]
Page Content Updated On 03/17/2022, Published on 03/22/2022