Warehouses are afflicting air and noise pollution on millions of Americans

The wall of a giant warehouse comes right up to a homeowner’s property on April 26th, 2021, in San Bernardino, California. | Photo by Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

With millions of Americans now living in close proximity to a warehouse, it’s time to start treating these drab, feature-less buildings like pollution hotspots, says a recent report by the Environmental Defense Fund. Warehouses are quickly popping up all over the US, bringing truck traffic and tailpipe emissions with them. And yet there is no federal database to see where current or proposed warehouses are located, unlike other major sources of pollution like oil and gas facilities.

In the absence of federal data, the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) completed its own analysis of warehouses in the 10 states where they’ve gained tremendous ground recently. Over the past decade, warehouses have surpassed office spaces to become…

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