Understanding air quality in communities

The MPCA conducts targeted monitoring to understand how air quality is affecting specific communities. This can help us learn more about and address the disproportionate impacts of pollution on certain areas.  

PAHs

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a class of over 1,000 different chemicals that contribute to air pollution, but are largely unregulated. PAHs are found in wood and tobacco smoke, vehicle exhaust, and asphalt roads. Elevated exposures to PAHs are linked with respiratory health effects, including lung cancer.

  • PAH monitoring study — Results of 2013 - 2015 monitoring in Mille Lacs and South Minneapolis that showed PAHs did not exceed health risk guidelines.
  • Facility fenceline PAH monitoring — Results of 2016 monitoring near shingle manufacturers and petroleum refineries that showed PAHs did not exceed health risk guidelines.

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