Minority Populations May be at Higher Risk to Perc Exposures
Grantee Research Project Results
STAR Grantee, Jan Storm of New York State’s Department of Health Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment, has found socioeconomic disparities in exposure to perchloroethylene in indoor air. Storm’s research team found higher levels of dry cleaning solvent in low income minority populations and published those results in the Journal of Environmental Researh. Storm has found that buildings with dry-cleaners can often have increased levels of perchloroethylene in indoor air.
Perchloroethylene is known to cause adverse effects to the central nervous system, and can potentially lead to altered vision in children. Storm’s research team measured perchloroethylene in residential indoor air, and in blood and breath of adults and children residing in buildings with a dry cleaner as part of the New York City (NYC) Perc Project. They found higher levels of perchloroethylene in minority, low-income adults and children than in higher income, non-minority adults and children. It was also observed that amongst non-minority or higher income individuals, small increased levels of perchloroethylene were observed, due to recurrent exposure to dry cleaned clothing.
For more information on this grant visit: Improving Human Health Risk Assessment for Tetrachloroethene by Using Biomarkers and Neurobehavioral Testing in Diverse Residential Populations