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“ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANT AND HUMAN HEALTH”
March 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Environmental pollution is reaching worrying proportions worldwide. In NJ, we are suffering our shared of water, air and soil pollution. In July 2019, a test showed Newark, NJ water lead levels at 55 ppb. As a result, city officials were resorted to handing out bottled water to affected residents. Data collected by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection last year indicated that NJ summertime had moderately unhealthy air quality. As Doug O’Malley, the director of Environment New Jersey, stated most of these effects were due to the impacts of climate change however the elevated levels of nitrogen oxide that are blown east in the Jetstream from coal-burning power plants in the Midwest has also played a major role in NJ air quality. Lastly, in the past two decades many studies have indicated heavy metals (arsenic, hexavalent chromium, lead, cadmium, thallium and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) soil contamination in NJ. Various methods such as phytoremediation, phytoextraction, and phytostabilization has been used to restore NJ soil quality especially in urban farm locations. In February 20, 2020, Governor Murphy initiated the NJ PACT regulatory process to regulate climate pollution in NJ.
Despite the NJ regulatory reform initiatives, NJ residents have been exposed to these pollutants for many years. What is the impact of these pollutants to human health? What current research studies are on front to better tackle environmental pollution in NJ?
These are the questions our seminar ““Environmental Pollutants and Human Health” will intent to address.
The event is open to the public. All NJ residents are welcome.
NJ Academy of Science website link: http://www.njas.org/Seminar-Series