The topic of regulated sites around where we live, is actually part of the courses I'm taking. Didn't know for a fact, that there are sites around us, mostly businesses that are regulated by EPA. Granted that EPA sometime don't do what they're supposed to do -- enforcing the regs..still the information they provided is useful, especially this is something that we all should be concerned of: our environment.
For a test case, I check EPA database to see what businesses, facilities around where I live (22101) actually 'regulated.' The data provided by EPA gives us the information whether the business or facility can discharge water, if toxic being reported, if they are hazardous waste handlers (like a gas station), etc. It also gives you more info if they are under the EPA 'the superfund' report. Via EPA.
Superfund is a program administered by the EPA to locate, investigate, and clean up the worst hazardous waste sites throughout the United States. Before Superfund, Americans were less aware of how dumping chemical wastes might affect public health and the environment.
How many times when it comes to buying a house -- buyers are not asking the right questions about the surrounding environment? I'm guilty, too .. as a professional, because of not being proactive :-)
In my neck of the woods, I found that there are 51 sites under 'EPA watch.' Some of them are gas stations, a few dry cleaners, and a variety of facilities, including the CIA HQ. The best part of the data is you can view the map.
To check the envirofacts for your neighborhood, click here.