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EPA Research to Support States

Health Impacts of Near Roadway Air Pollution and Mitigation Strategies Webinar Slides

Highway trafficOn July 27, 2016, EPA researchers Richard Baldauf and Jan Dye presented the latest science on the health impacts from near roadway exposures and discuss solutions and programs that states as well as community and transportation planners can consider to protect public health from the health impacts of near roadway exposures. This research is important as over 45 million people in the United States are estimated to live, work or attend school within 300 feet of a major road, airport or railroad, where much higher concentrations of air pollution have been observed due to motor vehicle emissions. Studies show an increase in the incidence and severity of health problems related to air pollution near roadway traffic, including higher rates of asthma onset and aggravation, cardiovascular disease, impaired lung development in children and other health effects. 

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