Amy Joi O’Donoghue
June 12, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY — A yearlong pollutants study by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality revealed a Bountiful monitoring site recorded high levels of formaldehyde, a toxic carcinogen commonly associated with certain types of manufacturing but also occurring naturally in the atmosphere.
The sporadic and seasonal spikes in formaldehyde reached levels approaching 20 parts per billion — putting Utah No. 1 in the country for the pollutant, according to the research.
Both the environmental agency and the health department stress that the levels of the toxin, while high, should not result in any lasting impact to a person’s health.
“Even with the spikes in readings, this exposure is below the acute exposure limit by a factor of 10,” said Steve Packham, the Department of Environmental Quality’s toxicologist.
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