Asked in downtown Mountain View. Photos and interviews by Ashley Finden.
"I do. I feel that it's kind of a mixed responsibility between the media and the government. But overall I do feel like it's mainly the responsibility of the city officials to notify its residents and the media to kind of get the message out there as best as possible."
Tyler Hughes, Mountain View
"Well I'm not really sure what the city officials currently do, but I definitely think it should be part of their roles as to reach out to citizens and inform them of anything that can affect their day-to-day life. Environmental hazards included."
Rob Munro, San Francisco
"Yes I do. I mean it's their job to protect us — that's what we elected them for."
Lee Oakes, San Jose
"The EPA should have the power and resources to do a much more aggressive job at protecting Americans from pollution in the first place. Like it's not enough to just to tell people, 'Watch out, the groundwater in your neighborhood could be bad.'"
Robert Millner, San Jose
"Yes, politicians should work to let people know what's going on in the environment. When things are actively poisoning us, the public has a right to know."
Jamie Lunt, Campbell