Great Lakes Monitoring Air Program
Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs)
Hazardous air pollutants are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as reproductive effects or birth defects, or adverse environmental effects. Examples of hazardous air pollutants include benzene, which is found in gasoline; perchlorethlyene, which is emitted from some dry cleaning facilities; and methylene chloride, which is used as a solvent and paint stripper by a number of industries.
Region 5's role in the U.S. EPA’s Risk Based Air Toxics Program emphasizes community risk assessments and related activities, risk reduction, and education and outreach.
Find out more about toxic air pollutants, including human health and environmental effects, sources, exposures to air toxics, local information, and steps taken by the U.S. EPA and its partners to reduce toxic emissions.