Toxic Sites Mapped With Google And EPA Data

<p>Combining Google's satellite mapping technology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's dearth of pollution and contamination data, new web applications let users map out toxic and contaminated sites.</p>
April 16, 2007, 10am PDT | Nate Berg
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"A sophisticated new breed of mapping software on the Web is allowing users to pinpoint toxic hot spots and hazardous sites beneath the ground using a wealth of new information and mashed-up existing technology."

One new application allows users to "type in a ZIP code, and yellow stars indicate the Superfund sites on or near the designated area."

"'Google has given you the platform,' said Pat Garvey, a system manager with the EPA. 'EPA is giving you the data. It's a convergence of software and of source data. The software is there. The Internet is there. Now the data is available.'"

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Published on Sunday, April 15, 2007 in The San Francisco Chronicle
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