Toronto will tackle top 8 toxics

Thanks to TEA, the Medical Officer of Health is taking the first step to reduce the top 8 toxic chemicals released into Toronto’s air! 

Eight substances have been identified as 'high concern' and a risk to the health of Torontonians. These chemicals include: 

  1. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  2. Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)
  3. Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)
  4. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  5. Cadmium
  6. Tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or "perc")
  7. Mercury
  8. Lead

The MOH will begin identifying pollution prevention partnership opportunities for these 8 chemicals and give a progress report in 2015.

Why not start with dry cleaners? The ChemTRAC map shows that over 90 dry cleaners across Toronto release 4 toxic chemicals found on the ‘top 8’ priority list including perc (tetrachloroethylene,) which is linked to cancer.

Dry Cleaning Sector Map