Photo by Craig Miller/KQED
Photo by Craig Miller/KQED

A new map of pollution statewide, put together by the Los Angeles Times, is based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency that allows people to check out census tracts — there are more than 8,000 of them — to see how toxic¬†their home or workplace is. You can navigate by dragging your mouse along or simply by entering an address or ZIP Code¬†in the search box.

The environmental impact index allows people to get very specific. They can find out about diesel particulate matter, drinking water toxicity, ozone concentration and toxic releases into the air.

Here’s the draft report upon which the data are based, as well as the L.A. Times story, which notes that the EPA’s new approach comes in the wake of heavy criticism for assessing California’s environmental hazards only by its 1,800 ZIP Codes.

  • Chairman Meow

    A lot of fascinating demographic data in this report. I’m curious what the significance of the red patch in the middle of SoMa is on the CalEnviroScreen 2.0 result map at the very end. Diesel pollution from Caltrain, or something more?

  • Leslie Nope

    Well looks like we are all screwed

  • russ

    in Poland. My zip code searches show maps that are, I believe, there. . .

  • Dan Brekke

    Yeah — my ZIP code searches in the map are also returning results in Poland.

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Patricia Yollin

Pat Yollin has written about all kinds of stuff, including wayward penguins at the San Francisco Zoo, organ transplants, the comeback of the cream puff, New York on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, a Slow Food gathering in Italy and the microcredit movement in Northern California. Her favorite stories from last year were an interview with George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch, a profile of Italy's consul general in SF, and a pirate Trader Joe's operation in Vancouver that prompted the grocery chain to sue -- and lose.

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