EPA Releases Interactive Map of Facilities Guilty of Eco-Crimes : TreeHugger

Posted by Trish Riley, December 28, 2009

Thinking of moving? Check this map before you make a deposit on the new place to make sure you’re not landing in an environmentally toxic neighborhood. Oddly, the Koppers Superfund site in Gainesville, FL does not appear on the map, so I question its validity:

“The EPA has released a new interactive map that lays out the locations of facilities across the US that have violated environmental laws, been caught by the EPA, and subjected to enforcement actions.

The map illustrates the work the EPA is doing to track and enforce environmental violations at facilities, and shows their hope to gain more trust from the public in the work the EPA is doing with the increased level of transparency. Many people aren't aware of important issues like if they have a superfund site in their neighborhood. Maps like go a long way in increasing awareness about the environmental issues in our own backyards…as long as the information makes it onto the map.

Other EPA maps that have proven helpful are their Fugitive Map that tracks wanted eco-fugitives, and their map that displays just how “green” your city is with information on water quality, air quality and so on. The more information, the better when it comes to public awareness about local environmental issues.”

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