Hey, kids! Want to have some fun learning neat things about your hometown and the surrounding area? Well check out the Superfund EnviroMapper. Combined with a quick perusal of the NPL (National Priorities List, or the sites that are actually causing legally-actionable human illness and can't be ignored any longer) you can find all the best spots for contracting thyroid cancer in your neighborhood.
Superfund is, of course, the government agency set up in the wake of Love Canal to clean up some of the thousands of toxic, carcinogenic chemical waste sites left over by the glories of unregulated capitalism. Yes, it's badly under-funded and has been trying to clean up some sites since the early Reagan years, but money's tight. It's the thought that counts anyway, right?
I'll leave you with a fun fact – the entire cost of every program conducted by Superfund in its 25 year history has been about $15 billion….about 25% of the amount allocated in the 2006 budget for military "development and evaluation" of new weapons systems.