Air toxics can also increase the risk of breathing problems. The estimated respiratory risk from air toxics for the Metro East is shown below. According to EPA, in areas with a hazard index greater than 1, a person may suffer irritation or harm to his or her respiratory system.
Source: 2005 National Scale Air Toxics Assessment
Released March 2011 http://www.epa.gov/nata2005/
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