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What it is: Facts about the environment, available by ZIP code or city.
Why you would want it: To learn more about companies near your neighborhood that are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. You can check compliance records and get details on the amount chemicals released to the air and water.
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How to get it: Go to www.epa.gov/enviro/ and enter your ZIP code.
How much it will cost: The information is free.