A new study finds that New York’s mercury levels in the air are on the high end of the state’s national average, even though it’s far below the federal standard of 10 parts per billion.
The study, which analyzed air samples from over 2,500 households in the city, found elevated levels of the neurotoxin in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, as well as the surrounding areas, according to the New York Times.
Mercury is a neurotoxin that has been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer and brain damage.
The findings, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, came as part of an ongoing effort to monitor the air quality in the area.
Researchers say the pollution is affecting residents’ health and health-related behavior, and the city needs to be proactive in addressing the problem.
In fact, the study says it’s possible the pollutants could cause health problems in the long run.