California State Authorities Warn That Housing Next To Freeways Poses a Health Risk

Health Risk

Officials from the state government of California have issued constant warnings against the construction of homes that are less than 500 feet from freeways. The officials argue that people who live in these houses develop cancer, cardiac complications, respiratory conditions and other health risks.

These health problems are directly linked to truck and automobile carbon emissions which pollute the environment. However, the state authorities have in contrast funded an $11.1 million housing complex which will comprise of 96 housing units. The funds are to be derived from funds from the climate change kitty of the state of California program known as the Cap-and-trade.

One of the other housing projects funded by the state government is the Senior Veterans Apartments located in Sun Valley which is also less than 500 feet away from a freeway. The California state government funded the Senior Veterans Apartment to a tune of $65 million with money from the cap-and-trade program. This was according to reports from a survey carried out by a times review of records.

Such kind of housing developments will place hundreds of housing units for families, homeless people and veterans within a distance that is less than the stipulated 500 feet from freeways. These developments are being undertaken in the urban environments of the Bay Area, the Central Valley, and Los Angeles while some of this housing units are even less than 100 feet from the freeway traffic.

The support of these projects from the California state government has put thousands of people at risk of the associated side effects caused by greenhouse gases pollution. The most vulnerable are the neediest of people in the state such as homeless families and veterans. It is also unfortunate that finances from the public kitty are being used to finance housing projects in very close proximity to freeways in Los Angeles and other major cities. Some state officials have also admitted that the cap-and-trade resources collected from corporations that purchase greenhouse gases emission permits will be used to put more state residents at the risk of those very gases.

However, the state authorities have argued that putting up dense housing units around rail lines and bus terminals will play a vital role in getting cars out of the road and meet the climate goals set out by the state. The state officials argue that the health of resident will improve from walking and riding a bicycle even in places that have been known to have poor air quality.