High levels of arsenic in air samples

Last updated 06:37 28/05/2013

Relevant offers

Hutt Valley

Green MP calls on Hutt City to do more to protect its urban trees Upper Hutt woman collects bras and sheets for donation to Vanuatu Woman tours New Zealand solo by exchanging acts of kindness Extra workers flying in to finish stage one of Petone retirement village Sands group offers support when parents lose their babies Crime stats down but teens getting into heavier trouble - mental health worker Heroic actions of drowned Kiwi 'typical of her generous nature' Petone bespoke fibre weavers Stansborough resumes visitor tours Hutt Valley synthetic cannabis dealers caught stocking up online Steve-O stunt hardens woman's nerves ahead of bath tub orca captivity protest

Excessive levels of arsenic have been detected in the air around Wainuiomata in a year- long study.

The air at the test site was 30 per cent over national guideline levels set by the Ministry for the Environment.

The arsenic probably came from residential fireplaces burning wood that had been treated with the chemical as a preservative, researchers said. Residents burning treated wood were exposing themselves to much higher levels.

Arsenic is a known carcinogen, causing lung cancer. The study also showed atmospheric arsenic rose dramatically in winter. Tests showed 7.1 nanograms of arsenic per cubic metre of air, above the national guideline of 5.5 nanograms.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

How many coffees do you have a day?

5 or even more




Anything from 1-5.

Don't touch the stuff.

Vote Result

Related story: Coffee as we know it at risk of dying

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content