EPA Identifies New Health Risks From Air Toxin Released During Forest Fires

April 20, 2005
New EPA data to be included in the agency's upcoming air toxics assessment will show a sharp increase in non-cancer health risks compared to data the agency released three years ago, with most of the risk coming from a pollutant released mostly by forest fires, as well as vehicle exhaust, agency sources say. While EPA currently classifies the pollutant -- known as acrolein -- as a hazardous air pollutant (HAP) subject to regulation under its air toxics program, observers say...

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