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New Report Connects Heart Disease to Air Pollution

Posted by Erin Steva, Brownfields Policy Analyst on March 11th, 2015
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A recent study found a connection between heart disease deaths and long-term exposure to tiny particles found in vehicle exhaust and diesel fuel pollution. The study, conducted by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and other institutions, was one of the first to examine the effects of chronic exposure to “ultrafine particulates."

Ultrafine pollution consists of particles that are roughly one-thousandth the width of a human hair and are able to pass through the lungs and into the bloodstream and other organs. The study’s authors stated their findings indicate ultrafine particles may have a substantial impact on the public’s health. This contaminant is also not regulated by state or federal agencies potentially leaving people living near ultrafine pollution sources, like freeways, ports, and refineries, at risk. One author stated this study points to the need for further research on the role ultrafine pollution plays in health.

For more information, please contact Community Health Councils’ Policy Analyst, Erin Steva at erin@chc-inc.org.

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