Polluters Per ZIP Code
Today, I decided to take the top 25 most populated cities in the United States and find the 531 individual ZIP Codes that make up those cities (minus the ZIP Codes that are only used for PO Boxes -- the Python script for doing this is up on Github, too).
Then, I used Code for America's Python
module to look-up the
total number of facilities with EPA permits to pollute public water
sources -- along with the ZIP Code that contained the most facilities.
Want to be able to run the same queries I was able to? It's pretty easy,
just make sure you have
pip installed on your computer, and run the
$ sudo pip install epa
Or you can use the
requirements.txt file I've included in the repo.
$ sudo pip install -r requirements.txt
What were the results?
2190 facilites have been permits to pollute public water sources.
You can run the
epa_pcs_zip_codes.py script to verify this, but it will
take a couple minutes -- and put a strain on the EPA's servers. But, if
you're unsure of the number I've presented, you can go ahead and run the
script for yourself.
$ python epa_pcs_zip_codes.py
The Jacksonville, Florida ZIP Code of 32218 has 178 facilities that have been granted EPA permits to pollute public water sources -- some of the records date back to the 1970s.
>>> # How can I verify that? ... from epa.pcs import PCS >>> data = PCS().facility('location_zip_code', '32218', count=200) >>> data['Count'] 178
The average number of facilities per ZIP Code turns out to be a little more than 4.
>>> from __future__ import division >>> 2190 / 531 4.124293785310734