A Toxic Relationship: Extreme Coastal Flooding and Superfund Sites
About 2,000 official and potential
Superfund sites—sites contaminated by
extremely hazardous chemicals—
are located within 25 miles of the East or
Gulf Coast. As sea levels rise, many
of these toxic sites are at risk of flooding.
Millions of people live near these sites,
and flooding could bring them into contact
with these chemicals.
The areas near these sites are
disproportionately populated by
communities of color and low-income
communities. If leaders continue to
sideline science when making decisions
about climate change and about these
sites, millions of the country’s most
vulnerable people’s health will be at risk.
We recommend steps that decisionmakers
could take to ensure the resiliency
of Superfund sites to extreme floods.
Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientist
Union of Concerned Scientists
You can also access this resource on our Portal
Thank you for recommending this resource.
Share your resources
Are you working to better understand and build community flood resilience? Others can benefit from your knowledge.