TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT - EARTH DAY, 2002
Scorecard now collects action opportunities addressing all the environmental problems it covers, and makes it easy for site visitors to get engaged. You can speak out to relevant elected officials, telling them to address the most serious pollution problems in your area. You can join together with others to share your opinions about environmental issues, or help spread the word about local problems to your friends. And you can support organizations working to protect the environment, by making a donation or offering your help as a volunteer.
Take action to protect the environment in your community!
And share what you learn about local pollution from Scorecard with your friends. Help us spread the word! Scorecard can now send a free, customized report summarizing local environmental problems to anyone - just provide their name, email address and zipcode.
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DIESEL CANCER RISK DWARFS ALL OTHER AIR TOXICS COMBINED - JULY 12, 2001
Nationwide, exhaust from diesel engines accounts for 78% of the total added cancer risk in outdoor air from all hazardous air pollutants combined, according to Scorecard's analysis of newly released U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data. This new information is based on EPA's National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment, which provides detailed estimates of the levels of 41 top hazardous air pollutants in every community in the U.S. EPA's previous version did not include information on diesel particulate emissions.
Find out what the risk is in your community. Virtually all Americans - over 270 million people -- live in neighborhoods where the additional cancer risk from toxic chemicals in outdoor air is more than 100 times higher than the goal set by Congress a decade ago. For over 50 million Americans, according to the new estimates, cancer risk from their neighborhood air is more than 1,000 times higher than Congress' goal.
A very small set of chemicals and chemical categories account for the majority of health risks associated with hazardous air pollutants, according to Scorecard's screening-level analysis of EPA's exposure estimates: Nationally, just 8 chemicals account for 99% of estimated cancer risks. One pollutant - diesel emissions - accounts for almost 80% of the estimated lifetime cancer risk associated with outdoor hazardous air pollutant exposures.
FIRST-EVER DATA ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOR EVERY COMMUNITY IN U.S. - EARTHDAY, 2001
Scorecard now shows different degrees of environmental burden felt by different racial/ethnic and income groups in each county in the U.S. Go to our new environmental justice section and type in your zip code for a report on your community.
WATER QUALITY AND WATERSHED HEALTH - SEPTEMBER 1, 2000
EPA estimates that 40 percent of the nation's waterways are too polluted for fishing and swimming. Find out how the waterbodies in your community are doing: Scorecard now provides easy access to information from the Environmental Protection Agency about Clean Water Act compliance and watershed health. Type in your zipcode and get a summary of water quality issues, or explore Scorecard's new water section. Learn more about nonpoint source pollution, which is the leading cause of water quality problems. Take action to support policy changes needed to ensure the nation's waterways are cleaned up.
INTRODUCING THE SCORECARD GUIDE - NOVEMBER 3, 1999
Get the most out of Scorecard - check out our new, easy-to-use downloadable tutorial that steers you quickly to pollution information about your community and the nation. Taking you on a tour through this website, the Scorecard Guide helps you understand the different features of the site. The Guide provides a clear introduction to the reports, maps and information available to you on Scorecard. Additionally, the Guide provides tools for local organizing and for conducting educational community meetings. Even if you are unfamiliar with the Internet, The Guide makes it easy to become a Scorecard expert and to share this information with others. The Scorecard Guide is downloadable for free in both English and Spanish.