What is the environmental risk of living in a house close to the freeway?
Hi there- We are considering putting an offer in on a house that is very close to the freeway. The exact location: 13016 SW 64th Ave Portland, Oregon 97219 We have two young children (4.5 and a one-year old). We are less concerned about the noise, and more concerned about the increase of health issues due to pollution from the freeway. Can you provide any input on this topic? I know the public health department has done a great deal of research into environmental pollutants and its effects on health. Thank you!
Here is a link to EPA comments on the health risks of ozone. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-04/documents/20151001childrenhealthfs.pdf
Ozone is a combination of hydrocarbons, and by-products of combustion. Heavy traffic is a significant contributor to ozone. the closer you are to a source the more potential for high levels.
A smaller risk is the amount of hazardous materials that are hauled on the interstate system. An accident can make a big release of those materials. The risk depends on the materials involved.