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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by Latoya Peterson tagged environmentalracism

"California's Latino and Asian voters are significantly more concerned about core environmental issues, including global warming, air pollution and contamination of soil and water, than white voters, according to the latest Los Angeles Times/USC poll.

"California has one of the nation's largest concentrations of minorities living near hazardous chemical wastes and air pollution produced by refineries, port operations, freeway traffic and railroads. An analysis of census data by researchers at four universities for the United Church of Christ showed that 1.2 million people in the greater Los Angeles area, 91% of them minorities, live less than two miles from facilities handling hazardous materials such as chrome-plating businesses and battery recycling centers."

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"Aamjiwnaang members Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge launched litigation claiming that the chronic exposures to pollution, and the Ministry's failure to assess the cumulative effects on their health, constitutes a violation of their constitutional rights to life, liberty and security of the person (section 7) and equality (section 15). Specifically, the applicants challenge the Ministry's granting of a pollution permit to Suncor that allows it to increase its refinery operations and thus its release of air pollutants, without any assessment of the cumulative impacts on the health of affected residents. Despite prevalent rhetoric that "lifestyle factors" are to blame for health impacts, which include, but are not limited to, high rates of cancer, respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease, neurological and developmental disabilities, in addition to a declining birth ratio, it is undeniable that the location of this reserve matters."

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"More than one hundred days into the BP disaster, folks are wondering where all the oil has gone--much of it seems to have crept under the water's surface, or maybe evaporated into thin air. But, as officials scramble to assess the pending damage, we do know the destination of around 40,000 tons of the spill waste: it's headed for the families that have been getting dumped on for years. In what may be yet another calm before the storm, BP's colorfully advertised waste management plan appears to follow a haunting pattern of environmental racism."

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