Neighborhood pollution?

12/14/2005 6:53 AM by

Today’s RTD has an article saying that “blacks were more than twice as likely as whites to live in neighborhoods where air pollution seems to pose the greatest health dangers”. The page lets you check your area for pollution.

Results for my Fairmount address are:

Your Health Risk — Industrial Air Pollution

The government’s health risk score from industrial air pollution in your neighborhood is 19.6 times the average for neighborhoods nationwide. A number less than 1.0 means the risk is below the national average. If the number is 0, the neighborhood either has no residents or no pollution.

The risk scores calculated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aren’t meant to estimate citizens’ odds of getting sick but rather are designed to compare communities and identify those that need further attention.

A number several times the average isn’t necessarily cause for concern. The majority of the health risk is concentrated in the top 5 percent most polluted neighborhoods, where the risk score is at least 19.5 times the national average.

Your neighborhood is among the worst 5 percent nationally for health risk from industrial air pollution.

Your neighborhood is among the worst 10 percent in your state for health risk from industrial air pollution.

Your Neighborhood’s Demographics
0% White
97.8% Black
0% Hispanic



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