Air toxics include diesel soot, benzene, car exhaust, some metals and the waste from fireplaces and wood burning stoves. These toxics are known to cause serious health problems including cancer and respiratory irritation. According to the report, the current level of air toxics in Portland can lead to health problems.
The report also found that, as is true in other places around the country, air quality is lower in low-income neighborhoods.
What do you see as the worst threats to air quality? Is improved air quality a priority in your household?
- Cassandra Profita: OPB’s Ecotrope blogger