Scorecard.org provides information about toxic substances, houses with dangerous levels of lead, air and water pollution, and amount of animal waste for the zip code of your choice. I checked zip 39153, my home Smith County in Mississippi, and the results were disturbing.
- Smith Co. ranked among the dirtier 40% of all counties in the U.S. in terms of carbon monoxide emissions. Besides that, air quality is NOT monitered.
- 98% of our surface water is threatened or damaged by pollution, and 1 of our 2 watertables has serious water quality problems.
- Smith Co. ranks 2nd out of all the counties in Mississippi in tons of animal waste in data collected from 1997.
This… disturbs me. How does YOUR community measure up?