2016 ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD HOUSING RISK HEAT MAP
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Next Steps Although cleaning up the contamination at hazardous waste sites will reduce the health risks, it won’t necessarily address the stigma. Stigma may lower property values causing homeowners long periods of stress. Stigma has many causes and requires multiple actors to address it. In addition to health professionals, government agency staff, media representatives, and community leaders– real estate professionals can be key participants. Real estate professionals have access to homebuyers and homeowners and can provide them with information about the state of a site’s cleanup. Communicating the right information about the health risk a site might or might not pose is crucial. Don’t be surprised if you meet a health professional seeking assistance from a real estate expert to help accomplish this vital task.
RUSSELL BARTLETT Russell investigates if hazardous chemicals are harming communities for the California Department of Public Health. In his nine years working for the State of California, he has assessed numerous potential human health issues related to Superfund sites, manmade environmental hazardous waste sites, and emergency chemical releases. Russell is also a Lecturer at San José State University in the Health Science and Recreation Department.
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