Hercules/Pinole environmentally safe?
Our family is considering buying a house in Hercules because we like the diversity, low crime, relative affordability, and schools. We have been renting in Oakland for the past 8 years and are looking for a place to settle with our growing family (two girls, 5 years and 18 months). Our main concern with Hercules and the surrounding area is environmental safety (air quality, drinking water/ground water) because of the proximity to refineries, the waste water treatment facility, heavy rail, etc. Are there certain areas that may be more safe than others, are environmental concerns (if any) city/region wide? Any insights from residents or others familiar with the area would be greatly appreciated!