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PM2.5 (PM Fine)

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PM2.5 (PM Fine)

Alias: Petite la Wheeze

Status: At Large

Description: PM2.5, also known as PM Fine, is a generic name for particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter. PM2.5 is made up of more toxic compounds than PM10, such as heavy metals and cancer-causing organic compounds.

Crime: Since PM2.5 particles are smaller than PM10, they travel deeper into the lung, causing even more damage to the respiratory system. They can also damage the heart and cause cancer.

Cause: PM10 comes from burning fuel in powerplants, factories, cars and trucks, as well as dust blowing from roadways, fields and construction sites.