The environment is everything around us - the air we breathe, the water we drink and use, and the food we consume. It's also the chemicals, radiation, microbes, and physical forces with which we come into contact. Our interactions with the environment are complex and are not always healthy. Health conditions such as asthma, foodborne illnesses, lead exposure, radiation exposure, litter and allergies are all impacted by the environment. By working to preserve the environment, we work to improve our health.
Burlington County Health Department (BCHD) implemented the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) in 2005. To understand residents’ opinions and concerns about environmental health issues, a survey was developed and administered. County residents revealed what environmental issues residents cared about, they included:
One area of concern for Burlington County is the number of Superfund Sites. According to published data, Burlington County is tied for fourth in terms of number of Superfund Sites located in the county. Superfund Sites present a threat to human health and the environment. It is vital that we work with private industry and the New Jersey Department of Environmental (NJDEP) to clean up these sites and to prevent future ones.