Health Indicator Report of Diesel Particulate Matter in Outdoor Air
Diesel engines emit a complex mixture of air pollutants, including both particles and gases. Diesel particulate matter includes soot, metallic abrasion particles, sulfates, and silicates. Because of their small size, inhaled particles may penetrate deep into the lungs. Exposures have been linked to symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea, coughing, difficulty in breathing, and irritation of the eyes , nose and throat. Prolonged exposures can lead to heart disease, lung disease, and lung cancer. It has been estimated that hundreds of New Jersey residents die or suffer respiratory illnesses every year from harmful diesel particulate matter.
Diesel Particulate Concentrations in Outdoor Air, by New Jersey County, 2011 NATA
NotesData Source: National-scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA), 2011 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 diesel particulate matter concentration for census tracts in a county using 2011 NATA data
NumeratorModeled mean diesel particulate matter concentration in micrograms per cubic meter
How Are We Doing?All New Jersey counties exceed the health benchmark of 0.0033 micrograms of diesel particulate matter per cubic meter of air. The highest ambient air concentrations can be found in Hudson and Union Counties, as well as Camden and Mercer Counties.
What Is Being Done?The NJDEP's Diesel Risk Reduction Program is reducing the amount of particulate matter emitted by diesel vehicles. Key strategies of the program include: a mandatory diesel retrofit program; idling restrictions; a heavy duty diesel vehicle inspection program; and efforts to reduce emissions at New Jersey's ports.
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 11/15/2016, Published on 08/24/2017