Superfund365 (http://www.superfund365.org) is an online, data visualization application that highlights 365 Superfund sites, or the nation’s worst toxic-waste sites as designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For a year, Superfund365 featured a site a day, displaying public data such as present contaminants, responsible parties, regional demographics and area maps.
The project launched on September 1, 2007, near New York City, continued across the country and ended in Hawaii, covering roughly a quarter of total number of the sites on Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL). Along the way, I took photographs of the sites, wrote a travelogue and conducted video interviews of people involved with or affected by Superfund.
I also encouraged others to pick up my route with me and -- as the project moved further from New York -- for me. Participants could join me in uploading text and images describing these 365 Superfund sites. My aim was to allow local knowledge and individual impressions to coexist, mingle and conflict with the official data descriptions generated by government agencies and other organizations.