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Study: Household cleaners cause indoor air pollution

Household cleaners can cause harmful indoor air pollution, according to a new report sponsored by the California Air Resources Board. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Researchers at UC Berkeley conducted the first-of-its kind study. They found cleaning products and air fresheners can release unhealthy levels of toxic pollutants with typical use.
Air Resources Board spokeswoman Gennet Paauwe says air fresheners, ironically, release the most toxins into the air.

Paauwe: When something smells good, you know, you have a pine scent or a citrus scent of some kind, those are things we actually recommend that people avoid because those tend to be the ones that have the terpenes in them which is a toxic compound.

The Air Resources Board sets and enforces emissions standards for automobiles, fuel, and consumer products. The board will hold a hearing on the study's findings later this year. Beth Ford Roth, KPBS News.

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