Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lead Poison on Google Maps

The factories which once pumped dangerous lead and other toxic metal particles into American skies may have all been closed down but little has been done to clean-up the poisonous lead particles in the ground. The smelting factories may be gone but the dangers live on.

The USA Today's award winning Ghost Factories is an interactive investigatory report examining the neighborhoods and families living in the shadows of ex-iron smelting factories. As part of the investigation USA Today interviewed families living near or even built on the old factory sites and tested the soil for poisonous lead particles.

Part of the interactive Ghost Families report includes a Google Map of more than 250 former factory sites. You can explore the map to see if you live near one of these former sites. You can also use the map to explore the sites that the USA Today tested for dangerous levels of lead and read and watch the interviews that were carried out with the local residents.

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