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Type: Journal article
Title: Abatement of tropospheric ozone: effects of strategies to improve air quality on public health and other sectors
Author: Guest, C.
Morgan, P.
Moss, J.
Woodward, A.
McMichael, A.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 1996; 20(3):301-308
Issue Date: 1996
ISSN: 1326-0200
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Guest, Charles S., Morgan, Philip, Moss, John R., Woodward, Alistair J., McMichael, Anthony J.
Abstract: The National Health and Medical Research Council's air quality goal for ozone in the troposphere (near the earth's surface) is 0.12 parts per million (ppm), averaged over one hour, similar to the United States standard, but less stringent than the guideline for Europe. We aimed to identify the environmental, economic and social changes that would be associated with changing the goal. Methods included literature review, economic assessments and group interviews. The group to benefit from lower exposures may include outdoor workers, school children and people not in regular day-time work indoors, because ozone is most prevalent during the daylight hours of the warmer months. A lower level could improve the yield of some crops. The causes and effects of tropospheric ozone are not appreciated except among groups with relevant commercial, industrial or scientific experience. However, the consultations identified frustration about the social problems caused by dependence on private motor vehicles. Short-term costs of compliance with a more stringent goal would fall principally on the users of transport. The value of the benefits was enough for many to support making the ozone goal more stringent, but those who required a demonstration of financial benefit (even including savings of health care costs) did not support any change to the goal. Based primarily on averted detriment to health, we recommend the more stringent level of 0.08 ppm (one-hour average) as the goal for the year 2005 in Australia and elsewhere. The addition of a goal with longer averaging time is also proposed.
Keywords: Humans
Air Pollutants
Public Health
Air Pollution
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1996.tb01033.x
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