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EPA’s Superfund site policy could advance gentrification in communities of color

"When it comes to exposure to hazardous waste, Chicago is a tale of two cities divided by color and income. On the South Side, neighborhoods like Roseland, Englewood, and Riverdale are over 95 percent black. Across the Windy City, fewer than one in five households live below the poverty line, but eight of nine communities on [...]

Pipeline Through VA and NC Stopped Again

“The land is our family tree and it speaks of legacies, heritage, and memories. No one would take that away from us. No pipelines on our valuable historic farms. No intruders on our land.”  Valerie Williams, a member of Concerned Stewards of Halifax County and an African American landowner in Halifax County. The Atlantic Coast [...]

NEW LIFE FOR TOXIC LAND

Pritchard Park, WA is just one illustration of efforts across the U.S. to put contaminated sites back to use for communities — as parks, playing fields, workplaces, homes, shopping centers, even renewable energy projects. When Charles Schmid first moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 1970, the Wyckoff Company was still stripping bark from timber and [...]

Our People Are Being Hurt and We Won’t be Silent Anymore

Michigan Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival To Kick Off Six Weeks of Non-Violent Direct Action Monday in Lansing  Protests Planned in over 30 State Capitals, Washington, D.C. Movement Demands Sweeping Overhaul of Nation’s Voting Rights Laws, Policies to Address Poverty, Ecological Devastation, War Economy LANSING, MI —The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign: A National [...]

This Young Environmental Activist Lives 500 Feet From A Drilling Site

"“This is personal,” says 25-year-old organizer Ashley Hernandez. “This is my home, this is my family, this is my health.” Hernandez’s parents, immigrants who fled El Salvador’s civil war, had worked diligently to save for their own home in Wilmington by working as a truck dispatcher and a housekeeper. But their home was just 500 [...]

EPA Ruled Improperly Delayed Racial Bias Probes

It has been ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) improperly delayed investigating pollution-spewing dumps and power plants that disproportionately impact minority communities. This follows a July 2015 suit against the EPA, where Californians for Renewable Energy and four other groups claimed that the agency ignored a decade’s worth of complaints about environmental racism under [...]

The Superfund Sites of Silicon Valley

"Federica Armstrong discovered when she moved to Palo Alto, Calif., that Silicon Valley is not what it seems. The world’s capital of tech innovation prefers to keep its superlatives, good and bad, under wraps. Along its Prius-choked roads, it looks like Anywhere, U.S.A.: single-family-home suburbs south of San Francisco, bordered by chain stores, auto dealerships and [...]

A once thriving coal town has turned toxic, and citizens are desperate for help

“West Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And people are tired of being collateral damage and they’re tired of living in a toxic waste dump,” Paula Jean Swearengin, a West Virginia native, told ThinkProgress. “We’re just wondering if we do get on the NPL [National Priority List], will any of [...]

After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

"Robert Taylor isn't sure why he's alive. "My mother succumbed to bone cancer. My brother had lung cancer," he ticks them off on his fingers. "My sister, I think it was cervical cancer. My nephew lung cancer." A favorite cousin. That cousin's son. Both neighbors on one side, one neighbor on the other. "And here [...]

Trump nominates Dow Chemicals lawyer to oversee EPA toxic waste program

  "Donald Trump on Friday nominated a Dow Chemicals lawyer to head-up an Environmental Protection Agency unit that oversees hazardous waste disposal and chemical spills from toxic“Superfund” sites. Dow Chemicals facilities are involved in dozens of Superfund projects. Dow had accrued $219 million in accrued obligations for remediating Superfund sites, according to the company’s fourth [...]

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