Report on contaminated water in 1,800 US 'superfund sites'


More than 1,800 areas of the United States are contaminated with hazardous waste and must be cleaned, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. These polluted zones are known as “superfund sites” and some of them have gone uncleaned for well over a decade.

Report on a superfund site near you. Use this map from the EPA if you are unsure. Sites considered especially hazardous are put on the National Priority List.

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Superfund sites WikiTribune could report on, add more: 

  1. Newtown Creek, Brooklyn, New York
    • Raw sewage dumping and runoff from nearby industry. EPA does not list specific chemical contaminants.
  2. Amco Chemical, Oakland, California
    • Soil and groundwater with traces of vinyl chloride and other chlorinated solvents.
  3. 35th Avenue, North Birmingham, Alabama
    • Soil with excessive levels of lead, arsenic and benzoapyrene.
  4. Horton Iron and Metal, Wilmington, North Carolina (Affected by Hurricane Florence)*
    • PCBs, pesticides, and asbestos in the soil. Traces of arsenic and lead found on site as well.

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What to investigate

  1. How are nearby residents affected by contaminated water in superfund sites.
  2. Are nearby residents aware of the contamination.
  3. How polluted air and soil can affect water supply
  4. What motivates the EPA to act quickly and clean superfund sites
  5. What may have caused such high levels of pollution to avoid it in the future?

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