A new app lets you know just how clean or filthy your neighborhood is at any given time. Published by none other than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the app allows U.S. citizens a clear idea about the locality they live in or are thinking of moving into.
The EPA has launched a free app that offers a never-before-seen detailed look at the environmental quality of American cities. The app offers comprehensive figures and statistics for water quality, traffic levels, air pollution, and much more on the interactive map that’s quite similar to Google Maps.
Creatively titled EJSCREEN (Environmental Justice Screen), the app offers such eye-opening details like the amount of lead paint observed in the area to the location of the nearest toxic dump. The primary intention behind the development of the extensively informative map is to bring forth the problem areas of regions that are often hidden from plain sight. Needless to say, some of the most toxic regions are inhabited by the poorest of citizens and people of “colored” ethnicities or illegal immigrants. Many of the troubled regions served as dumping grounds for environmental waste before being occupied by people.