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New investigation reveals "poisoned places" in  your neighborhood

A new interactive map from the Center for Public Integrity and NPR shows the locations of toxic-waste emitters in every state in the nation, including dozens of locations throughout California. 

Click here to see the map.

The map is part of a larger investigation that found that many companies still emit high concentrations of hazardous air pollution in many communities.  

From the report:

“Pollution violations at more than 1,600 plants across the country were serious enough that the government believes they require urgent action, according to an analysis of EPA data by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity. Yet nearly 300 of those facilities have been considered “high priority violators” of the Clean Air Act by the Environmental Protection Agency for at least a decade. About a quarter of those 1,600 violators are on an internal EPA “watch list,” which the agency has kept secret until now.”

A separate spreadsheet shows 16 California companies on the secret watchlist, including an Exxon Mobile location in Torrance,  TXI Riverside Cement in Oro Grande, and E&J Gallo Winery in Modesto.

On the Los Angeles portion of the map, more than three-dozen high-risk companies are concentrated in a portion of the city stretching westwards from Santa Fe Springs  to South Gate and up to downtown Los Angeles. Parts of San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Long Beach, Santa Clara County and other mostly-metropolitan areas of the state also show high concentrations of polluting organizations.

Read Part 1 of the four-part investigation here: “Secret ‘Watch List’ Reveals Failure To Curb Toxic Air”
View the interactive map here: “Poisoned Places Map”


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