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Oak Ridge Environment Facts

Air Quality, Water Quality, Climate and more


Oak Ridge
Air Quality
Anderson County
. Good Days Moderate Days Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days Unhealthy Days Very Unhealthy Days
2017 333 31 0 0 0
2016 317 39 0 0 0
2015 340 24 0 0 0
2014 359 6 0 0 0
2013 300 4 0 0 0




Oak Ridge
Water Quality
Lower Clinch Watershed
. % Good % Threatened % Impaired
2014 na na na
2012 16 0 84
2010 22 0 78
2008 21 0 79
2006 21 0 79
2004 27 na 73
2002 27 na 73




Oak Ridge
Recreation
. # of Parks # of Parks
(99 City Avg)
National Parks, Historic Sites, etc.
(managed by National Park Service)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park plus 6 more 7
National Campgrounds, Lodges, etc.
(other federal agency-managed sites)
57 26
State Parks, Sites, etc. 7 11



Oak Ridge Climate
(1971-2000)
. . 99 City Avg
January - Avg Low Temp 27 F 27 F
January - Avg Daily Temp 37 F 37 F
July - Avg Daily Temp 77 F 74 F
July - Avg High Temp 88 F 86 F
Avg Annual Precipitation 55 in 35 in



Oak Ridge Elevation
905 feet GPTR 99 City Average
1,652 feet



Oak Ridge
Natural Hazards
. Risk Level 99 City Average
Total Hazard Risk Lower Moderate
Earthquake 1.5% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 0 10
Flood Very High Very High
Tornado Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk
Wildfire Low Low



Oak Ridge
Man-Made Hazards (Nuclear)
Nuclear Power Stations
(# Reactors)
Distance from City GPTR 99 City
Average
Watts Bar (2) 60 miles 50% of cities are within 100 miles of at least one nuclear station



Oak Ridge
Heating and Cooling Degree Days
(avg annual)
. . 99 City Avg
Total Degree Days 5,294 5,915
HDD 3,993 4,662
CDD 1,301 1,253



EPA Hazardous Material Cleanup Sites
(Oak Ridge Area)
Oak Ridge Area EPA Cleanup Sites


Legend:
Small green circles (older style maps) or multi-colored circles (newer style maps: click here for legend) indicate 1)Superfund Sites 2)Federal Facilities 3)RCRA Corrective Action Sites and 4)Brownfields Properties (EPA hazardous material cleanup sites defined at Environment link)

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