WE#7 - CancerAlley,Louisiana In 1987 some residents in the tiny community of St Gabriel Louisiana called Jacobs Drive the street on which they

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Cancer Alley, Louisiana In 1987 some residents in the tiny community of St. Gabriel, Louisiana, called Jacobs Drive, the street on which they lived, "cancer alley" because there were fifteen cancer victims in a two-block stretch. Half a mile away, there were seven cancer victims living on one block. The eighty-five-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans was formerly referred to as the "petrochemical corridor" but after reports of numerous cases of cancer occurring in the small rural communities on both sides of the river, the entire area became known as cancer alley. In 2002 Louisiana had the second-highest death rate from cancer in the United States. Although the national average is 206 deaths per 100,000, Louisiana's rate is 237.3 deaths per 100,000. In 2000 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data showed that Louisiana ranked second throughout the nation for total onsite releases, third for total releases within the state, and fourth for total on- and offsite releases. Louisiana, which has a population of 4,469,970 people, produced
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2010 for the course ATHRO 110 taught by Professor Sarah during the Spring '10 term at Oregon State.

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WE#7 - CancerAlley,Louisiana In 1987 some residents in the tiny community of St Gabriel Louisiana called Jacobs Drive the street on which they

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