Health Indicator Report of Perchloroethylene in Outdoor Air
Perchloroethylene (also called tetrachloroethylene), is a colorless liquid widely used for dry cleaning of fabrics. Textile mills, chlorofluorocarbon producers, vapor degreasing and metal cleaning operations, and makers of rubber coatings may also use perchloroethylene. It is also commonly used in aerosol formulations, solvent soaps, printing inks, typewriter correction fluid, adhesives, sealants, shoe polishes and lubricants. Perchloroethylene is a central nervous system depressant. Inhaling its vapors can cause dizziness, headache, sleepiness, confusion, nausea, and unconsciousness. Breathing perchloroethylene over long periods of time can cause liver and kidney damage and memory loss. Perchloroethylene is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable human carcinogen.
Perchloroethylene 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 perchloroethylene concentration for census tracts in a county using 2011 NATA data
NumeratorModeled mean perchloroethylene concentration in micrograms per cubic meter
How Are We Doing?Several New Jersey counties exceed the health benchmark of 0.17 micrograms of perchloroethylene per cubic meter of air. The highest ambient air concentration can be found in the northeast region (Bergen, Hudson, Somerset, and Essex Counties)
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 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 09/27/2017