WorldChanging points to a site called Scorecard that allows you to see how your community ranks environmentally. So New York, you want the good news or that bad news first? Well, the good news is, according to the site, New York county doesn’t have any EPA superfund sites and is ranked among the cleaner 20% of all counties in the U.S. in terms of air releases of recognized developmental toxicants. The bad news: this county ranked among the dirtiest/worst 10% of all counties in the US in terms of the number of people living in areas where noncancer risk from hazardous air pollutants exceeds 1. You can read the rest of the details on Scorecard’s site.
Note that 96% of the air cancer risk in New York county is from mobile sources, also notice that cigarettes are not listed as a mobile source. Are we banning the wrong thing?