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Vapor Intrusion: What Does “Interim Final” Mean For Massachusetts?

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Protecting indoor air quality has become a priority on both the state and federal levels for 2012, due to the amount of time individuals inevitably spend inside buildings. Vapor intrusion is the ability of volatile organic carbons to penetrate a building’s foundation and interfere with indoor air quality. Hazardous waste sites with releases of industrial solvents such as trichlorethylene, petroleum products such as gasoline, and dry cleaning fluids such as perchloroethylene all have the potential to vaporize the volatile organic compounds. Volatile organic compounds then migrate into ambient air and can detrimentally affect indoor air quality if they penetrate the building.

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