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wealth, high standard of living, and consumerism. This growth machine has also generated waste, pollution, and ecological destruction.
The U.S. has some of the best environmental laws in the world. However, in the real world, all communities are not created equal.
Environmental regulations have not achieved uniform benefits across all segments of society.  Some
communities are routinely poisoned while the government looks the other way. People of color around the world must
contend with dirty air and drinking water, and the location of noxious facilities such as municipal landfills,
incinerators, hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities owned by private industry, government,
and even the military. These environmental problems are exacerbated by racism. Environmental racism refers to
environmental policy, practice, or directive that differentially affects or disadvantages (whether intended or unintended) individuals, groups, or
communities based on race or color. Environmental raci...
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This document was uploaded on 03/26/2014.
- Spring '14