Map Shows Your Neighborhoods Pollution Levels

Posted by Rypos on Dec 9, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Too often, Americans don’t know enough about the air quality in their communities and the impact it has on their health. A new ProPublica interactive neighborhood map shows, for the first time, the air quality in America’s neighborhoods. It was developed to interpret data from air pollutant monitoring stations into a scale that indicates how polluted the air is and the health effects associated. The higher the Air Quality Index (AQI) value, the greater the level of pollution and the greater health concern. 

New data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that many of our neighborhoods are impacted by toxic air pollution and industrial chemicals that we’re unaware of. These hazardous chemicals are ingested by many residents and can cause cancer, respiratory illness, asthma and other health conditions. ProPublica’s interactive map was released after research showed the amount of toxic chemicals lingering in our air. 

Ethylene Oxide is a highly toxic chemical and the biggest contributor to excess industrial cancer risk from air pollutants nationwide. This chemical is produced from corporate manufacturing plants, and is a colorless, odorless gas that lingers in the air for months impacting and altering DNA. 

People of color are disproportionately exposed to air pollution in the United States. Residents of color experience about 40% more cancer-causing industrial air pollution on average than neighborhoods made up of predominantly white individuals. In addition, the estimated “cancer risk from toxic air pollution is more than double that of majority-white tracts.” 

This new interactive map will reveal to the public the amount of pollution that is truly impacting neighborhoods, at ranges more accurately reported than what the EPA deems acceptable. The map will also reveal contributors to toxic air and give residents the opportunity to track the sources of toxic air pollution. Most neighborhoods do fall within a safe range, but even those that have toxic air pollution are underreported by the EPA. The goal of this map is to reveal to neighborhood residents how toxic the air they are breathing is and give them the opportunity to monitor the air pollution in their community. 

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Tags: Air Quality, Pollution, Healthcare, Clean Air, Air Quality Index

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