Learn More: Pollution Burden


Variable Definition:
Pollution Burden Score: An index ranging from 0.1 to 10 that measures potential exposure to pollutants and adverse environmental conditions

CalEnviroScreen 3.0
Years Available:
Data collected from 2005-2014 and published in 2017
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Pollution Burden Score
The Pollution Burden Score is a measurement developed by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) ranging from .1 to 10 that measures the amount of pollution an area faces. It includes measurements of potential pollution exposures such as air quality, drinking water contamination, pesticide use, toxins from facilities, and traffic density. It also includes measurements of several environmental effects including cleanup sites, impaired bodies of water, groundwater threats, and hazardous and solid waste facilities.
The Pollution Burden Score is a good overall measure of pollution concentration in an area that includes both air and water components.

Faust, John et al. "Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool: CalEnviroScreen 3.0." Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment & California Environmental Protection Agency, January 2017. Link
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