Select the search type
  • Site
  • Web
Search
Go Green banner ads

Published on Friday, January 1, 2016

New Jersey Residents Live Near Contaminated Sites

[UH-OH]

New Jersey Residents Live Near Contaminated Sites

            It is quite disturbing when you find yourself living in a questionable location for any reason. When you find out that your neighborhood is changing due to crime, violence, and other human problems a person can honestly say that it was expected. However, when you find out that you are living in a location that is contaminated you suddenly feel betrayed. This is something that was done quietly and in secret and for most people it is an unexpected danger. You know that living near people is a danger because you never truly know anyone. So many cases have shown how people are surprised to find out their neighbor was caught doing something terrible. To find out that your home is surrounded by dangerous chemicals and even organic compounds is a completely different threat. No one expects that their land can cause their family unknown harm.


That is what the residents of New Jersey have learned recently. That ninety percent of their state is covered with dangerous contaminated land. There land is covered with things that include lighter fluid, plastics, and chemicals. These chemicals include benzene and dioxide and even dangerous organic compounds. Since this discovery the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been working tirelessly and in with the most speed possible to help clean up the areas. They have even chosen to hire outside private contractors to help determine what sites get cleaned in which order that makes the most since.

 

Reporter's Findings About Sites

            A reported from WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio has discovered that these sites have been sitting untouched for years. There are thousands of these sites that are near poor communities, schools and businesses in New Jersey. The WNYC team has taken the time to map out these sites and are planning on airing this list on Sarah Gonzalez's series called “Dirty Little Secrets” which has aired recently on WNYC. This list includes all the sites that are current environmental concerns to those with no clean up plan in place. They have even estimated that eighty-nine percent of residents live within a mile of at least one dangerous sites. They also made a chart to show what the breakdown of percentage of races live near contaminated sites. This list shows that ninety-four percent of poverty level individuals live near contaminated sites and only seventy-four percent have a cleanup plan in place. It has also presented a breakdown in income level percentage compared to the percentage of each income level is near a site with no cleanup plan in place. There is a large percentage of individuals and families who earn less than $25,000 a year that live near sites with no clean up. That number is sixty-six percent of households with an income less than $25,000 who live nears sites with no cleanup plan currently in place. That means a lot of lower income households who will still be living near contaminated sites while higher income level households have sites who are being made to hire cleanup professionals. Check out contaminated sites near you using this map
           

Who Really Suffers From Environmental Damage?

 

            This information is quite disturbing when you consider that many times land contamination can lead to health concerns that are sometimes not connected to environmental issues. Lower income families who are quite likely already struggling to get by may then be put into a tighter spot trying to figure out why they are getting sick and not being able to seek the help they need to insure their homes are just as well protected at higher income level families.

Rate this article:
4.3
Comments ()Number of views (13754)

Author: Vrountas

Categories: Blogs, Research, Ways to Go Green, Green Living

Tags:

Print

Search Jobs

Calender

«May 2017»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
24
1626

EPA Being Sued After Reversal on Pesticide Ban It Helped Create

Flying in the face of evidence published by his very agency, new EPA head Scott Pruitt decides to reverse the ban on a dangerous pesticide. And activists are taking action. 

Read more
25
1627

Red Panda Stopped Dead in Its Tracks by a Boulder

What's cuter than a red panda? How about a surprised red panda? Or what about a red panda that's surprised by a rock? This viral video goes to show few animals are cuter than these little guys.

Read more
26
1629

Western Wildfires Made Worse By Climate Change

Another side effect of climate change has been discovered. Scientists find that global warming is contributing to even larger, more dangerous wildfires. And it's not getting any better. 

Read more
27
1628

Woodpecker Takes a Joy Ride in a Cab in the Windy City

Watch this cute footage as a woodpecker takes a trip across Chicago and becomes friends with one of the city's cab drivers. A cheerful pick-me-up for anyone, city dweller or not. 

Read more
282930
1
1632

How to Turn California’s Gridlock into Green Energy

Traffic has always been a drain on the environment but now, with the help of some amazing new technology and science, it can actually be a consistent source of clean energy.

Read more
2
1633

An Alarming Look At What the Earth Might Look Like If Sea Levels Keep Rising

This video provided by Business Insider Science and created from data from National Geographic shows what the earth would look like if all the land ice melted across the globe. Terrifying!

Read more
3
1634

Plastic Eating Caterpillars Could Solve Our Trash Disposal Problem

This amazing little creature is a rare example of a lifeforms being able to digest plastic. It's belly might hold the answer to our growing pollution problem and change the world forever!

Read more
4
1635

Could Edible Water Blobs Be the Answer to Wasteful Plastic Bottles?

Water bottles are some of the most common contributors to our planet's pollution problem and this spectacular, environmentally friendly invention may just be the future.

Read more
5
1636

The U.S. Wind Industry Continues to Gain Momentum

The wind turbine industry is continuing to make waves in the energy production world according to a recent report. And even our current administration may have a hard time stopping it.

Read more
67
8
1637

Top U.S. Beef Producer Shifts Focus Toward Plant-Based Proteins

Cargill, one of the countries largest livestock companies, is redefining their corporate strategy to invest in alternative proteins like fish, insects and plant-based proteins rather than beef. 

Read more
9
1638

Year After Year the Forest Crabs in Cuba Swarm by the Millions

It's the march of the crabs! Watch as Cuba is overrun by literally millions of crabs roaming the streets on their annual migration towards the sea. 

Read more
10
1639

What’s All This Plastic Doing in the Arctic?

Swathes of small plastic particles found in the Arctic ocean, mirroring the "Great Plastic Garbage Patch" of the Pacific as we continue to pollute regions we don't even inhabit.

Read more
11
1640

Researchers Reveal They’ve Finally Discovered the Secret to Artificial Photosynthesis

Researchers have found a way to artificially mimic plant life's natural ability to turn light and air into a form of energy. This could be big news when it comes to reducing greenhouse gases.

Read more
12
1641

Where Did the Fireflies Go?

Fireflies are a symbol of the coming warm months and for many people signify the beauty of summer. But there numbers are dwindling. Here's how you can help. 

Read more
1314
15
1642

Ocean Pollutants are Causing Weaker Immune Systems for Wild Dolphins

New research shows that wild dolphins have been shown to have weaker immune systems than those in captivity due to constant exposure to pathogens in the ocean.

Read more
16
1643

Man Finds Himself Face To Face with a Baby Elephant Seal

Heartwarming footage of a baby elephant seal cozying up to a nearby observing human. A cute video that shows just how affectionate nature and wildlife can be. 

Read more
17
1645

Logging and the Healing Effect of Trees on Climate Change

New research shows that our logging industry is one of the biggest contributors to manmade climate change. The solution? Look to the trees. 

Read more
18
1644

Pacific Razor Clam Digging Habits Go Viral

Footage of this Pacific Razor Clam is spreading across the internet at blazing speeds. It shows the peculiar digging habits of this marine life and is sure to surprise you!

Read more
19
1646

How Bad Is Climate Change for Our Health, Really?

Research has shown that climate change is having it drastic effect on our planet. But what does that mean for our health? New research gives us an idea.

Read more
2021
22
1647

The Harmful Effects of Light Pollution

Though few people consider light pollution to be that big of a problem nowadays, the truth is this particular form of environmental degradation is more harmful than you'd think.

Read more
23
1648

Best Preserved Nodosaur Fossil Accidently Found by Miners in Canada

An amazing find for scientists and the public alike, this video shows a fossilized nodosaur in pristine condition. An amazing glimpse at what these amazing creatures looked like!

Read more
24
1649

The Beginner’s Guide to Composting

Ever wanted to reap the numerous benefits of a compost pile but didn't know where to start? This quick guide will help you get composting in no time! 

Read more
25
1650

Remote Island in the South Pacific Covered in 38 Million Pieces of Plastic

Watch this footage that shows one of the world's most uninhabited places utterly destroyed by the rampant plastic pollution caused by humans. 

Read more
262728
2930311234

Category

Categories

    Help Us Go Green
      
    Help Us Go Green