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Is 'IT' in my backyard? NIMBY
NIMBY -- Not In My Backyard has long been an attitude and rallying cry about environmental safety and liveablity in American communities. Some think it's a great idea. Others think it is a community development limiting factor.
Parents usually think about it in regard to their family's safety.
If you are thinking about moving to a new community in California...or sending your children to a school...or buying property...or working in a new place, one think you might consider are the health risks associated with "THAT PLACE". Now you can find that information on which you can make those decisions.
Over the decades, many contaminants crept into communities and in the last 20 years or so, there are been national, state and local efforts to clean up these contaminated sites. Some are called "brownfields", some "mitigation sites", some superfund sites". Whatever the term, it is helpful to have a way to research what is in your neighborhood, and what has been cleaned up.
California now has a helpful SEARCH database of Cleanup Sites in which you can search for:
Here's the CALIFORNIA Department of Toxic Substances Control Search URL: http://www.envirostor.dtsc.ca.gov/public/