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Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/oecaerth/environmentaljustice/index.html Date: February 20, 2008 To: Legislators From: Silvia Lee, Elon University Subject: Environmental Justice: To Ensure the United States Environmental Protection Agency is Actively Involved and Strategically Implement Programs to Promote Environmental Justice Problem: People of minorities and low-income disproportionately experience exposure to hazardous waste and pollution. As it is easier to define communities on the basis of skin color than through dominant class position, analysts may miss class oppression with facility location and exposure standards, where race is used as a substantial marker. Studies conducted by Yale and MIT, as well as the United States Environmental Protection Agency, prove that particular exposures have been documented for air pollution and lead among urban African Americans, pesticide contamination for Chicano farm workers, radiation exposure among the Navajo, and waste management facilities in African American and Hispanic communities. Waste facilities are located where they pose the least risk to the general population, have the lowest operation expenses, and afford the smallest opportunity cost for alternate land uses. In the Northeast and Midwest, where the majority of the rural population, poor, working-class communities are often
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course ANT 381 taught by Professor Kimjones during the Spring '08 term at Elon.

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