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Hazardous Waste

Superfund site
Superfund is the name given to the environmental program established to address abandoned hazardous waste sites. As of yet, there are no Superfund sites in Columbus even though two have been proposed.
The Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base (USAF) and the Air Force Plant 85 were both proposed in 1994 but there are no plans for construction.

Brownfield site

A brownfield site is land previously used for industrial purposes or some commercial uses. The land may be contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution, and has the potential to be reused once it is cleaned up

*Brownfield sites are shown on the map to the right- represented by orange squares*

Air Quality

5 Main points of the Clean Air Act
minimize pollution increases from growing numbers of motor vehicles and from new or expanded industrial plants
States are required to adopt enforceable plans to achieve and maintain air quality meeting the air quality standards
state plans also must control emissions that drift across state lines and harm air quality in downwind states

The Act also contains specific provisions to address:

  • Hazardous or toxic air pollutants that pose health risks such as cancer or environmental threats such as bio-accumulation of heavy metals
  • Acid Rain that damages aquatic life, forests and property
  • Chemical emissions that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer, which protects us from skin cancer and eye damage
  • Regional haze that impairs visibility in national parks and other recreational areas

Columbus's air tend to be in the good to moderate range- meaning there are little threats in the environment's air that could affect someone's health

Tracking Air Quality Throughout the School Day
8AM -Good AQI: 47
8:30AM- Moderate AQI: 52
10:20AM- Moderate AQI: 54
11AM- Moderate AQI: 57
1PM- Good AQI: 44
1:30 PM AQI: 41
2:30PM AQI: 39

Radon- in your home's indoor air, the soil and the water supply
can cause lung cancer
Particulate Matter- premature death in people with heart or lung disease,nonfatal heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, asthma, decreased lung function, irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing
Carbon Monoxide- reduce the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood
Nitrogen Dioxide- irritate the lungs and lower resistance to respiratory infections such as influenza
Lead- affect the nervous system, kidney function, immune system, reproductive and developmental systems and the cardiovascular system and can also affect the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood
Sulfur Dioxide- broncho-constriction and increased asthma symptoms

Health Status

Water Quality

The Scioto River begins as a small creek about 80 miles north in Hardin County, northwest of Kenton, Ohio, this river remains a main water source for Columbus. The Griggs and O'Shaugnessy Reservoirs, located on the Scioto River, hold only a small percentage of the water that flows through Columbus.

All Water is tested and put to the standards of the state's maximum for how much of a chemical can be in the water and also what the individual county's goal is for the level of each chemical is in the water

Main Substances in the Water:
Fluoride, Nitrate, Simazine, Atrazine, Alachlor, Chloroform