Scorecard gives you the scoop...
The facts speak for themselves at www.scorecard.org, a site that allows you to check the environmental hazards and risks in your neighborhood.
A virtual reference book for local environmental activists, you can check by county, zip code or state. Local information on air pollution, chemical releases, industrial environmental performance and animal waste can be found and broken down.
According to Scorecard.org, cities with the highest risk of cancer because of environmental pollutants are Magna, Utah, Golconda, Nevada, Carlin, Nevada, Crescent Valley, Nevada and Beaumont, Texas.
Concerned about carcinogens in the air? You might stay away from Russellville, Kentucky, Corry, Pennsylvania, Elkhart, Indiana, Rochester New York and Verona, Miss., which Scorecard.org said had the highest amount of carcinogens in the air in 2000.
Scorecard also profiles 6,800 chemicals, making it easy to find out where they are used and how hazardous they are.
Information is power -- once you learn about an environmental problem, Scorecard encourages and enables you to take action - you can fax a polluting company, contact your elected representatives, or volunteer with environmental organizations working in your community.