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Health Indicator Report of Chromium(VI) in Outdoor Air

Chromium is a naturally occurring element found in rocks and soil. It can exist in several different forms. The metal form, chromium(0), is used for making steel. Chromium(VI) and chromium(III) are used for chrome plating, dyes and pigments, leather tanning, and wood preserving. Chromium(III) is an essential nutrient that helps the body use sugar, protein, and fat. Breathing high levels of chromium(VI) can cause irritation and ulceration in the lining of the nose, and difficulty in breathing. Skin contact with chromium(VI) compounds can cause skin ulcers and allergic skin reactions. Chromium(VI) compounds are known human carcinogens. In workers, inhalation of chromium(VI) has been shown to cause lung cancer.

Chromium (VI) Concentrations in Outdoor Air, by New Jersey County, 2017 NATA


Data Source: National-scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA), 2017 and NJDEP Division of Air Quality

Data Sources

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


Mean of modeled annual average chromium(VI) concentration for census tracts in a county using 2017 NATA data


Modeled mean chromium(VI) concentration in nanograms per cubic meter



How Are We Doing?

None of the New Jersey counties exceed the health benchmark of 0.083 nanograms of chromium(VI) per cubic meter of air.

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: [] New Jersey County Risk Ratio tables can be found at the following URL: []
Page Content Updated On 03/17/2022, Published on 03/22/2022
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