NJDEP AIR TOXICS PROGRAM
NJ’s MULTI-PRONGED APPROACH TO DECREASING AIR TOXICS EMISSIONS
Control Technology Requirements
3. OTHER AIR POLLUTION CONTROL PROGRAMS
Point Source Controls
Area Source Controls
- Architectural Coatings - Updated in 2004, N.J.A.C.7:27-23, “Prevention of Air Pollution from Architectural Coatings,” containss the NJDEP rules for limiting the VOC content and use of architectural coatings. It applies to anyone who manufactures, blends, repackages, supplies, distributes, sells, or applies an architectural coating within the State of New Jersey. It lists the amount of VOCs allowed in specific types of architectural coatings. For more information, the rule can be found at Subchapter 23.
Residential Wood Burning -
Wood is a renewable energy source, but burning wood can significantly increase exposure to air toxics. Wood smoke emits fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) and air toxics such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which can cause lung irration, cancer, and premature death. It is the largest source of PM 2.5 emitted by homes. Information on ways to reduce emissions from wood burning can be found here.
- Consumer Products – N.J.A.C.7:27-24, “Prevention of Air Pollution from Consumer Products,” sets standards for the allowable VOC content in a wide range of chemically-formulated consumer products, including adhesives, automotive products, cosmetics, and cleaners. It applies to any person who sells, distributes, supplies, or manufactures in New Jersey any listed consumer product that is to be used in New Jersey either by a consumer or by a person providing a service. Revised limits became operative on January 1, 2005. This rule can be found at Subchapter 24.
Mobile Source Controls
- Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program - New Jersey's program deals with inspection test procedures and standards, mobile source emission modeling, the promotion of alternatively fueled vehicles, and development of mobile source emission regulations. For more information click here.
- Clean Vehicles List - Guidance and incentives for new car buyers looking for "clean vehicles" can be found by click here.
- Diesel Risk Reduction Program – In recent years, New Jersey has undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce exposure to diesel emissions. For details, see Stop the Soot.
- Anti-Idling Rules for Diesel and Gasoline Vehicles – In general, vehicle idling is restricted to no more than three consecutive minutes if the vehicle is not in motion. This applies to both gasoline and diesel vehicles. Specifics can be found in the regulations, which can be accessed at Subchapter 14, “Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution from Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicles,” N.J.A.C.7:27-14.3, General prohibitions; and Subchapter 15, “Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution from Gasoline-Fueled Motor Vehicles,” 7:27-15.8, Idle standard.
Community Science Air Toxics Monitoring Projects
Professional Wet Cleaning Project
- Characterize the spatial resolution of local air toxics;
- Determine concentration gradients;
- Identify source signatures from various land uses;
- Evaluate modeling results using monitoring data;
- Field test new sampling and analysis techniques for air toxics that are currently difficult to quantify;
- Characterize the concerns of an Environmental Justice (EJ) community;
- Provide information and develop tools so that the NJDEP and the local community can better address exposure and risk issues related to air toxics; and
- Identify risk reduction strategies.
Camden Waterfront South Air Toxics Pilot Project
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