environmental effects indicators

Environmental EffectsThe percentile rank of the tract’s average of the following six Environmental Effects indicators.
Lead PaintThe proportion of older residences that may have lead-based paint, which can cause developmental delays, seizures, miscarriages, and other serious health problems.
Wastewater ReleasesWastewater in streams and other water sources may come from industrial, commercial, or agricultural sources and contain pollutants that can cause water-borne illnesses and diseases. 
Hazardous Waste FacilitiesHazardous waste facilities treat, store, or dispose of volatile substances that are dangerous to humans and may reach people through the air or water.
High-Risk Chemical FacilitiesHigh-risk chemical facilities maintain highly toxic, flammable, or explosive substances that may release acutely toxic substances, which can cause serious health effects or death.
Superfund SitesSuperfund sites, also known as federal clean-up sites, are locations where extremely hazardous chemicals have been dumped or otherwise poorly managed and may reach humans through the air or water, threatening human health.
Oil and GasOil and gas facilities include wells, wastewater pits, and tanks of oil or other dangerous chemicals located near populated areas. It does not include refineries, which are included in other indicators. Oil and gas operations have been linked to many health problems in nearby communities including headaches, nausea, cancer, asthma, and birth defects.