Question Your Community: 3 Simple Pollution Mapping Tools

We live in an era of big data and constant technological improvements, and it translates into every aspect of our lives. Thankfully, data plays a role in more than just targeting and predicting consumer behavior; big data, assisted by technology, also gives us the ability to further safeguard our health by finding and evaluating pollution near our homes and businesses.

1.) TOXMAP

To give you a truly comprehensive snapshot, TOXMAP pulls data from three trusted sources: the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory and Superfund National Priorities List, and Environment Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory.

Related: What is CERCLA – and why is it important?

Superfund location on TOXMAP

Searching out Superfund sites with TOXMAP.

 

2.) The New York Times’ “Toxic Waters” Tool

According to the New York Times:

“Across the nation, the system that Congress created to protect the nation’s waters under the Clean Water Act of 1972 today often fails to prevent pollution. The New York Times has compiled data on more than 200,000 facilities that have permits to discharge pollutants and collected responses from states regarding compliance. Information about facilities contained in this database comes from two sources: the Environmental Protection Agency and the California State Water Resources Control Board. The database does not contain information submitted by the states.”

You can find the interactive feature at this link, as well as an additional tool that allows you learn more about your community’s water contaminants here.

New York TImes' Pollution Mapping Tool

Taking a look at water polluters in South Carolina with the “Toxic Waters” tool.

 

3.) Scorecard’s “Pollution Locator”

Scorecard, too, has made pollution mapping a simple task – all you have to do is provide them with your zip code, and they will provide you with your community’s report. Scorecard utilizes “government estimates of hazardous air pollutants in localities across the continental U.S.”, and “characterizes their potential cancer and non-cancer risks.” You can check it out for yourself at this link.

Los Angeles County's Toxics Report

Perusing “Toxics” section of Los Angeles County’s report.

 

You can go on to use this information in myriad ways. Planning a move sometime soon? You might want to verify that you’ve chosen a safe location for yourself and your family. Expecting a child? You’ll need to pay close attention to the risk of lead hazards. Dissatisfied with the results you’ve come across? Maybe it’s time to motivate someone to move forward with a thorough cleanup.

Of course, we realize that pollution and contamination happens – and when it does, we’re here to help. Have an environmental remediation job you need handled? Give us a call today at (888) 995-2143, or simply fill out this form to request services.