manmade environmental hazardous waste sites that are not Superfund sites. Similar to Superfund sites, these sites have or had leftover industrial contamination. Residents living near these sites also experience stigma. Second, they suggested re-shaping media outlet narratives, organizing community residents, a strong government action, and quicker removal of pollutants. They also suggested providing an official certification for homeowners to show their home is clean and to offer tax incentives to encourage home buying in stigmatized areas. Last, the experts recommend widely distributing information about manmade environmental hazardous waste sites credible information can help reduce stigma. Real estate professionals and homeowners who want to learn about a specific Superfund site can start on this EPA webpage: Search for Superfund Sites
Where You Live. Through this link, a visitor can read a site’s background and locate the EPA staff assigned to each site. For health-related concerns, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a great source. ATSDR conducts assessments on every Superfund site in the nation. Each assessment examines whether a Superfund site’s contaminants are affecting people’s health. ATSDR collaborates with 25 state Cooperative Agreement programs to conduct these assessments. The Site Assessment Section of CDPH conducts California’s assessments. ATSDR posts these
assessments on this web link: Public Health Assessments and Health Consultations. ATSDR also provides health information about many toxic substances. For information about non-Superfund hazardous waste sites, look into your specific state agency’s resources. Typically, many states will have agencies that oversee cleanup and assess health concerns. The EPA has listed these agencies here: Links to Hazardous Waste Programs and U.S. State Environmental Agencies.
“Many neighborhoods are near manmade environmental hazardous waste sites that are not Superfund sites. Similar to Superfund sites, these sites have or had leftover industrial contamination. Residents living near these sites also experience stigma.”
NOVEMBER 2017 | ATTOM DATA SOLUTIONS
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