Poisoned Places

Published — November 7, 2011 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Air pollution resource guide


Is air pollution affecting your community? Worried about the potential health effects? Here’s a roundup of resources:

  • Information on nearby facilities: The Environmental Protection Agency has a mobile app that lets citizens find facilities near them and get details on chemical releases and violations. To determine which, if any, air pollutants are being discharged, and their health effects, check the “On site releases by chemical” section in each facility’s profile.
  • Details on the 187 hazardous air pollutants as defined by the Clean Air Act: See this EPA fact sheet.
  • Report an air pollution complaint: File a claim with the EPA electronically here. To file a complaint by telephone, contact your regional EPA office. Use this directory to find the office nearest you.
  • Contact a state or local agency: The National Association of Clean Air Agencies has a directory of all state and local pollution-control agencies in the U.S. Explore the map to find contact information.
  • Want to test your own air? The nonprofit Global Community Monitor offers tips for getting started.
  • Tell us about your experience with air pollution: Share your story with our reporters by filling out this form.

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