List of worst toxic waste sites in U.S. released; 11 in South Florida

Posted by Talyn Brown-Wolf, March 31, 2017

WSVN) – Would you know if you lived near a hazardous waste site? A new list shows how many are scattered across the country, including right here in South Florida… According to Time Magazine, there are 1,317 locations in the U.S., called “Superfund” sites by the Environmental Protection Agency, where toxic chemicals were dumped. Over decades, such pollution contaminates surrounding soil, water, and air… “The Superfund list contains the worst of toxic sites in the U.S. — it’s really the nasty places,” Chris Portier, former director of the Agency for Toxic Substances, told Time. The agency is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which determines each site’s hazard level… Often coming from factories and landfills, toxic waste sites are typically in highly-populated areas. Time reports that New Jersey tops the list of the most toxic sites in the U.S., and is the densest state by population… In South Florida, the EPA says there are 11 Superfund sites: 6 in Miami-Dade, and 5 in Broward. A study specific to Florida determined that people living in counties with hazardous waste sites were 6 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than those not living in close proximity to such sites.

List of worst toxic waste sites in U.S. released; 11 in South Florida

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