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Old 06-26-2007, 01:53 AM
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The most recent hang up I'm having in figuring out where to live is pollution. I don't want to live in some horribly-nasty pollution zone, but at the same time I don't think there's anywhere a person can live without encountering some... So, how do you figure out when a town is too nasty to live there? How do you decide that it's not too bad?

Tell me what towns you consider uber nasty, which ones aren't all that bad, and why.

Also, are there times when pollution is localized enough that you wouldn't live in a specific part of town, or even just a specific house, but the rest of the town is ok?

How much pollution would you expect in any given town, one that doesn't have special "problems"?

How many miles would you want to live from a pollution "hotspot"? How many miles from a pollution hotspot would you want to be before you'd be willing to swim in a natural body of water, like a lake, stream, or bay?

I've been reading some scary stuff about some towns I'm considering, but don't know what to compare it to.
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:57 AM
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Though it sounds like you have already done your research, here are some sites that have helped us.

Scorecard Home

ATSDR - Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry / U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

After searching these sites, I was able to focus my research. For example, one community we considered has their water piped in, but they didn't say why. One of the sites led me to information that explained that the community's water source is too polluted for human consumption. That was a deal breaker for us.

As an asthmatic family, air pollution is a major factor. We also consider cancer cluster areas. We found one in an area after googling cancer rates in the area. Another deal breaker. I had a relative die of cancer in a cluster area, but no amount of money paid to her children could bring her back. I'm not willing to take a chance. So, off the top of my head, here are some areas I would avoid: military bases, mining areas, any EPA clean up area, energy generation areas, and manufacturing areas.

I think it important to research the history of an area as well. Did you see that report on Sunday night about that development that was built on an old WWII bombing practice range? The people found undetinated bombs in their yards, and even though the govt. sent people to search for and remove the bombs, they couldn't get to any that may be under the houses.

Unfortunately, we can't always depend on communities or developers to be 100% honest, so we have to do our homework to protect ourselves. Take it from someone who has had someone die in an area that was deemed safe. Sometimes a person's definition of safe is tainted by the color of money!
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:54 AM
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I can stand haze, but it's disturbing to see the air actually become brown.
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