Cars and Cancer: Toxic Pollution from Cars and Trucks in Maryland

Publication Date: December 2006

Publisher: Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center

Author(s): Brad Heavner; Timothy Telleen-Lawton

Research Area: Environment

Keywords: air pollution; air toxics; Clean Cars Program


Coverage: Maryland


Despite modest improvements in Maryland's air quality over the last several decades, the cancer risk from air toxics is still 40 times higher for Marylanders than the federal standard. Data published in 2006 by the EPA shows that two-thirds of the cancer risk comes from mobile sources such as cars and trucks. Cars and Cancer highlights the cancer risk by Maryland counties and recommends adoption of tougher car emission standards as part of the solution to the problem.