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PM 10

Black Lung Benny (Pollutant: PM10) Air Villain


Air Villain: Black Lung Benny

Status: Busted

Description: PM10 is a generic name for particulate matter between 2.5 and 10 microns in diameter.

Crime: PM10 can cause breathing difficulties and lung damage. It has been linked to cancer and heart attacks.

Cause: PM10 enters the air from the burning of fossil fuels in powerplants, factory operations, and motor vehicles; wood-burning stoves; and blowing dust from roadways, agricultural fields and construction sites.