United States Hazardous Waste Sites
This visualization is based on hazardous waste sites on The United States Environmental Protection Agencieâ€™s (EPA) superfund priority list. While thatâ€™s a touch wordy, it means that this is a list of uncontrolled hazardous waste sites that are on the EPAâ€™s priority list to clean up. 49 of the 50 states have sites on the list. The only state that has had no sites listed on both the 2006 and the 2008 list is North Dakota, go North Dakota.
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Sites include improperly zoned landfills, municipal wells and wellfeild sites, sites with improper construction or maintenance that held hazardous chemicals, direct runoff, wind-blown dust, tracking of spilled material, and contaminated soils by vehicular traffic from hazardous waste processing sites, ect.
Lookup sites near you: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/index.htm
Hazardous materials include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs),polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), trichloroethene (TCE), ect.
More information: http://www.epa.gov/region5superfund/ecology/html/toxprofiles.htm#ni
Heath risks from these include the usual Eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, damage to liver, kidney, central nervous system. Some are suspected or known to cause cancer in animals and humans. More Information
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