Mapping Environmental Risk

Truth be told, mapping the environmental risks near one’s home is a little bit scary and sometimes ignorance is bliss. But I have to give props where props are due and the EPA is due for their fantastic mapping interface. Just enter the zip code of the area you are interested in and quickly receive a screen full of information (arguably too much information) about the reporting sites and cancer risks in your area. The code entry box is found to the left of the USEPA’s page here and looks like this:

epa-zip-box

Enter your Zip Code and pull up a map of sites in your area reporting to the USEPA that looks like this:

epa-reporting

The page displays other salient information as well, such as cancer risks, UV Index, Radon and Ozone, Superfund sites, cleanups and water quality information. These added tabs and boxes look like this:

epa-more-info

Beautifully done and scary all at the same time.

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