National Study Ranks Puget Sound Region in the Top 5 Percent of Risk for Toxic Air Pollution
Exhaust from diesel and gasoline-powered engines linked to cancer risk
MARCH 11, 2011–The Puget Sound region ranks in the country’s top five percent of risk for exposure to toxic air pollution, according to the National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) released today by the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA). The study identifies exhaust from diesel and gasoline engines as the leading contributors to air toxics in the area. Air toxics are pollutants known or suspected to cause serious health problems, such as cancer, heart disease, lung damage, and nerve damage.