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Majority of Superfund Sites Near Low-Income Housing

May 8, 2017, 9:10 PM

About 70 percent of the country’s contaminated sites are near low-income housing, two federal agencies have found.

About 1,000 low-income housing properties are within a mile of current or proposed National Priorities List sites, according to an analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The two agencies are still determining whether residents near those sites have any risk of exposure to that contamination.

The list, also known as Superfund, contains the most contaminated properties in the country, as recognized by the EPA. There are about 1,400 sites that are or may become part of...

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