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Toxics in Your Neighborhood

1.) Type in your zip code 2.) Under the toxics category- click on the link, see how your county stacks up. List the 6 categories and relative percentage ranking for San Diego County. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) Total environmental releases: 70 80 Cancer risk score (air and water releases): 70 80 Noncancer risk score (air and water releases): 60 70 Air releases recognized carcinogens: 80 90 Air releases recognized development toxicants: 60 70 Air release recognized reproductive toxicants: 70 80

Did the results surprise you at all, why or why not? The results did not surprised me because I kind of already knew that San Diego was a not so clean city due to the amount of people who lives here. 3.) Click on the other chemical release and waste management attributes link. List the categories for which San Diego falls in the Dirtiest/Worst counties in the United States (80-100%). How do you account for these levels being so high? Land releases, total off-site transfers, total production-related waste, air releases of recognized carcinogens, air releases of suspected carcinogens, air releases of suspected cardiovascular or blood toxicants, water releases of suspected cardiovascular or blood toxicants. air releases of suspected endocrine toxicants, air releases of suspected neurotoxicants I think that since San Diego is located on the coast of California, there would be more water pollution. There are more people in San Diego, which means that there would be more cars. More cars means decrease in air quality. 4.) list the categories for which San Diego scores well in terms of environmental pollutants (less than 20%). Why do you think the levels of these pollutants are so much better here in San Diego? Explain. Water releases of suspected carcinogens, Water releases of suspected developmental toxicants, Water releases of suspected gastrointestinal or liver toxicants, Air releases of suspected musculoskeletal toxicants, Water releases of suspected neurotoxicants, Water releases of suspected reproductive toxicants, Water releases of suspected skin or sense organ toxicants I think those levels are better in San Diego because we have good water regulations.

5.) Click the back button on your browser to get back to the pollution report card for your zip code. Click on the link the top polluters in your county. List the top 10 polluters in San Diego County. What do you know about these companies? What do they manufacture? 1.) Camp Pendleton- Military 2.) National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. Makes steel and ships 3.) Watkins MFG- Portable hot tubs 4.) Southwest Marine INC.- drive assemblies in the powerboat engine industry 5.) Sony Electronics INC.- cameras, TVs, Computers, PlayStation 6.) U.S. Navy Naval Air Station- military 7.) Duke Energy South Bay Power Plant- Electric and gas 8.) Signet Amorlite- Lenses and molds 9.) Caldera Spas INC.- Hot tubs, spas 10.) Arco San Diego Terminal- Gas 6.) Go back to the report card page and click on the top chemicals released link, and list the top 5 chemicals released in San Diego. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) Nitrate Compounds Lead compounds N-Butyl Alcohol 1,2,4 trimethylbenzene Copper

7.) Go back to the report card page and locate the air pollution section. Click on the how many days a year is your air unhealthy? link. How many days did San Diego have good quality air? 160. Moderate? 183. Unhealthy? 4 List the three major pollutants you think are responsible for reduced air quality in San Diego. Carbon dioxide, nitrogen, methane 8.) Go back to the report card page and find the water quality section. Click on the see how your countys water quality stacks up what are the two categories and percentages listed? Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data): 80%-90% Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state): 70%-80%

9.) Scroll down the page and locate the top two pollutants and percentages for (rivers, lakes and creeks) category, the (lakes, reservoirs, and ponds) category and (estuaries, bays and coasts) category. List some ideas as to the source of the potential water pollutants here in San Diego. Rivers, lakes, and Creeks: Pathogens 64%. Sediment 36% Lakes, reservoirs, and ponds: Nutrients 100%. Salinity 50% Estuaries, bays, and coasts: Pathogens 86%. Nutrients 21% Pathogens: Inadequately treated sewage: Sediments- Eroding land. Salinity: Agricultural runoff

10.) Go the URL: . This site is the San Diego County Office of Environmental Health. Describe the role of this office: Those people protect public health and the quality of San Diego through education and other activities. 11.) Type of click on the URL: Read the information on what is Hazardous Waste? and list 8 common household items that are classified as hazardous waste. How many of these do you have in your house? Indicate which are in your home (*) Aerosol cans, * automotive fluids, * batteries, * computer monitors televisions, *fertilizers, *fluorescent lights, *household cleaners, mercury items 12.) Click on the hazardous materials pollution prevention link: In your opinion, what three pieces of prevention advice are the best/most relevant? Why? Choosing less toxic alternatives, Keeping material stock to a minimum, reducing the need to dispose of outdated items. Conserving our natural resources such as energy and water I think those advices are the most relevant because natural resources are not going to last forever if people are using it at the rate they are right now, and there is a limit to the amount of natural resource on Earth.

13.) Click on the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facilities link and list 3 certified disposal sites in San Diego. California Center for Sustainable Energy, San Diego County Water Authority, California Integrated Waste Management Board

14.) Go to .What are sharps? How and where should sharps be disposed of? What are some dangers sharps present? Sharps: needles, syringes, and lancets. They should be disposed by using a Mail -back service for proper disposal or to a household hazardous waste facilities. They may injure people, spread germs, and spread serious diseases. 15.) Go to Look around the page and do a little research on electronics and battery hazardous waste. What are some of the problems with these types of waste? What are the recycling/disposal options? When disposing batteries, there could be an acid leakage from it. Education can inform people about the hazardous effects of disposing batteries. Conclusion: Write a conclusion about your reaction to this information. Were you surprised? What bothers you most? What are some potential solutions? I was not very surprise by the things I found out in those websites, but I was surprise to know that Sony Electronics INC. in one the top polluters in San Diego County. The thing that bothered me the most is that San Diego was said to be one of the greenest cities, but San Diego is actually not as green as it supposed to be. If San Diego is one of the greenest cities, then I think that other cities are even worse than San Diego.