Technology and Environmental Justice
You’re an ambitious young engineer at a DuPont chemical plant in rural Alabama.
Your plant is making
plans to expand its operations; after all the construction is finished, it will have operating units within a
few hundred feet of Rinker, a historically African-American community.
The plant has applied for, and
received, all the necessary permits from federal and state environmental regulatory agencies and from the
county planning commission.
The residents of Rinker, however, are suddenly up-at-arms.
trying to stop the expansion, alleging environmental racism.
Their activities have attracted the attention
of national environmental groups and the media, and it seems possible that their campaign will halt
construction, if not by causing permits to be revoked, then by causing DuPont to reconsider its
commitment to the Rinker site.
Your boss and his boss, the plant manager, are mystified by the community opposition and want to know
what they can do about it.
They know that, as part of your top-notch engineering education at the
University of Virginia, you took a course on Environmental Justice.
Respond to your boss’s questions
clearly and concisely (no more than one page per answer), using the ideas that you encountered in the first
half of STS 200.
You should explain the theories that shed light on their predicament and give examples
from your readings to help illustrate your explanations.
Where you refer to the theories of particular
authors, cite them as you would to an interested person unfamiliar with the field who might want to go
and read their book or article (e.g. “in a book called
From the Ground Up
, Luke Cole and Sheila Foster
make the point that…); formal citations are not necessary.
Your midterm is due via toolkit no later than
6 pm Wednesday, February 27
To prepare your exam for
submission, please follow these steps:
Download the document Midterm.doc from toolkit.
Rename the document YourLastName_Final.doc.
Fill in your full name in the space provided on
the first page.
Leaving the questions at the top of each page, use the rest of the page to type your answer.
answers may be single-spaced, but please do not change margins, font size, or headers and