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Within an hour and half we were able to see 3 toxic sites. We would have made it to all 4 that were planned, but some people forgot we were doing the walking tour today and were falling behind in their inappropriate shoes (read flip flops and heals). The 4th site sits right under our noses and we see it every day. Its across the street from campus near a popular grocery store. From the main part of campus it is clearly visible.
This is a picture of the site looking out from campus. It's the fenced-in triangle in the middle of the screen behind the white metal box.
This image is looking toward campus and you can see the largest dorm, Swig Hall, standing out in the background (the building under the lamp post). It's actually a really large site and SCU students are itching to build a garden or something else on it. (Sorry for the poor quality google maps screen shots.)
Can you guess what it was? It was an old gas station and when it went out of business, the owners decided it was too expensive to take the underground tanks out. The tanks inevitably leaked, and until they are removed and the soil around it is cleared, the lot will remain fenced off and completely barren and unusable.
Do you know if you are living next to a toxic waste site? If you are in California you can check out Envirostor. If you are anywhere else in the U.S. the EPA also has a listing of superfund sites. What you find might shock you.