Natural Gas Pipelines
There are about 3 million miles of natural gas pipelines in the U.S. linking production and storage sites with consumers. Within this network, there are nearly 500 natural gas pipeline incidents per year including explosions, fires, and leaks that lead to loss of life, injury, and property damage.
Concerns About High Voltage Transmission Lines
To sum up the state of science, after several decades of studies, there is no evidence of a clear link to health consequences of living near high-voltage power lines, but research continues because none have demonstrated it is entirely safe, either.
Severe Winter Weather
Severe Winter Weather often involves cold temperatures, icy roads, utility power failures, loss of Internet and other services, and can be sufficiently impactful to cause personal injuries or loss of life, significant crop or other property damage, and/or disruption to commerce or transportation.
Brownfields - Hazards You May Never Have Heard Of
Brownfields are often abandoned or unused property that might be contaminated. Although they can be dangerous to your health and bad for nearby property values when cleaned up and redeveloped they have the potential to become a community asset.
Superfund Sites - What Are They?
A location becomes a federal Superfund Site if it is determined to be heavily contaminated. There are potential health risks associated with Superfunds and clear impacts to property value if your property is within a 3-mile radius of a problem area while it remains significantly contaminated.
Oil, Gas & Fracking Wells
Whether or not a well or facility near you could pose a risk to your health or property value depends on many factors, including the location, type of extraction process, level of activity, quality of construction and long-term management of the site itself.
A nuclear power plant is a thermal power generator that produces electricity by splitting atoms to create steam which is then used to power up steam turbines. Statistically, nuclear power plants are extremely safe, but there have been incidences where various malfunctions led to serious problems.
Drought - A Disaster Unfolding Over Time
Drought is a lack of precipitation that results in a water shortage. In the US, drought is the second most costly form of natural disaster and can have far-reaching health and safety consequences including reduced air quality, reduced quantity and quality of water, and an increased risk of...
Extreme climate and weather-related events, including prolonged droughts, scorching wildfires, severe storms, and floods, are on the rise across the United States. Damaging hurricanes happen more frequently; 100-year floods occur with regularity; wildfires spread to places once thought beyond the reach of flames.
Heat Stress on the Rise: How to Stay Safe From Heat Waves
Heat waves are becoming more common in many parts of the United States. A heat wave is defined by NOAA as ‘a period of unusually hot weather that typically lasts two or more days’. To be considered a heat wave, these high temperatures would have to be outside the historical averages of a given area.
What is the Toxics Release Inventory Program?
The Toxics Release Inventory Program tracks facilities that use, manufacture or process toxic chemicals above thresholds set by the Environmental Protection Agency and provides information important to understanding potential impacts to the environment and public health.
Ground-Level Ozone and Smog
Smog is a mixture of pollutants made up mostly of ground-level ozone that can damage the respiratory system. They form through chemical reactions among nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). Most of the air pollutants come from vehicles, power plants, refineries, chemical plants, and other industrial sources that create combustion from fossil fuels, which chemically react with sunlight to form ozone.