Air toxics

Air toxics include benzene, dioxins, lead and other metals. Major sources of these toxics include motor vehicle exhaust and some commercial and industrial processes. Knowledge of the health effects of air toxics is far from complete, but studies in Europe and North America are showing that very small amounts of air toxics may present a risk to human health and the environment.

Results of OEH monitoring to date indicate that levels of air toxics in the Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong areas are generally low in comparison to comparable cities in Europe and North America.

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Page last updated: 23 December 2015