February 21, 2019
AQMD studies health risks of toxic pollutants
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is pushing ahead with its fifth, year-long initiative to study levels of toxic air pollutants and its health risks to Southland residents.

As with four previous studies, results will provide an assessment of air toxic exposure and trends.

Monitoring will be conducted for a minimum of one year at 10 fixed sites. The monitoring data will be used in a regional emissions and modeling analysis to assess air toxic risk at all locations within the SCAQMD jurisdiction. A final report is expected by 2020.

“Although we have seen a steady decrease in the risk from toxic air contaminants, the remaining risks are still unacceptable,” said Dr. William A. Burke, SCAQMD’s Governing Board Chairman. “We are using the most advanced air monitoring and analysis techniques to identify the long-term risks of exposure to harmful air toxics.”
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