October 4, 2023


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EPA Cites Environmental Racism in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley

EPA Cites Environmental Racism in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley

A Denka manufacturing facility in Reserve, Louisiana, on August 12, 2021. It is a single of scores of refineries and petrochemical crops that lead to harmful air pollution together Most cancers Alley. Visible: Emily Kask / AFP by means of Getty 

“Louisiana should study how polluters imperil the wellbeing of Black people,” the Environmental Defense Agency mentioned in a letter it sent very last 7 days to condition regulators in response to civil legal rights complaints about air pollution in the area recognized as Cancer Alley.

Black residents in southeastern Louisiana bear a disproportionate cancer possibility from industrial air pollution, the company identified, with small children at just one predominantly Black elementary faculty acquiring been exposed to a dangerous carcinogen at amounts 11 times what the EPA considers acceptable.

ProPublica noted final 12 months that the EPA does a very poor position of regulating the mixed possibility from a number of sources of industrial air air pollution. In areas of Most cancers Alley, ProPublica estimated life time cancer hazard is up to 47 situations what the EPA deems satisfactory.

The EPA letter urged Louisiana’s environmental and overall health companies to examine […]