The following is a list of various resources where you can research hazards in your environment.
Descriptions shown below are based on information published by the organization or on their website. Please contact the organization or site to verify the accuracy or view the most up-to-date information. The list below is presented in alphabetical order.
- Antenna Search
Locate cellular, radio, microwave, and other towers, as well antennas, in an area in the United States. The website provides a search tool that allows you to enter an address and view the towers and antenna in the vicinity on Google Maps. Includes ownership details and contact information on existing towers, future towers, and small antennas. Although this website is targeted towards helping people find the best cell phone coverage, it can also be a valuable tool for those who are EHS to figure out areas to avoid and when choosing where to live.
- EIA United States Shale Gas Maps
The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s information on Natural Gas/Shale in the Lower 48 States and North America. This is a good resource for finding out where there may be shale and possible vertical drilling or fracking (horizontal drilling). Gas drilling can pollute nearby waterways, which may be important information for those living in rural areas or on well water.
- FracTracker – Fracking Data and Maps
The FracTracker Alliance shares maps, data, and analyses to communicate impacts of global oil and gas industry. They offer presentations, free e-newsletters, an online resources directory, as well as a FracMapper that allows you to view the location of over 1.1 million fracking wells over the US.
- NOAA Space Weather
This page, provided by the National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Center, provides graphical data on the current space weather as well as a link to the 3-day Solar Geophysical Forecast. While this is not truly a hazard, solar activity may affect some people with EHS, as X-ray or other particle flux may add to the overall electromagnetic radiation burden.
- Planet Hazard
PlanetHazard includes data from the EPA on over 86,000 companies that emit hazardous air pollutants throughout the United States. The website provides the ability to search nationally by state, county, city, or company and view pollutants on Satellite and street maps provided by Google maps.
- Power Plants in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Provided by the EPA, this page includes a map displaying the power plants in the US mid-atlantic region. Those who are EHS may wish to avoid living or working near large power plants where possible. Since much of the current used in North America is returned to power stations via the ground, there may be increased ground current as you get closer to the power plants. In addition, power plants are a major contributor of air, water, and environmental pollution.
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