CENSORED IN 1991:

THE SPECTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM

No one segment of society should have a monopoly on clean air, clean water, or a clean workplace; nor should any one segment be targeted for society’s wastes.

Nevertheless, some individuals, neighborhoods, and communities are forced to bear the brunt of the nation’s pollution problem. People of color are disproportionately affected by industrial toxins, dirty air and drinking water, and the location of municipal landfills, incinerators, and hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities.

This form of “environmental racism” is due primarily to exclusionary zoning laws, discriminatory land-use practices, industrial facility citing that targets racial and ethnic minority communities, and the unequal enforcement of environmental regulations.

This story, which appeared in The Workbook, in Fall 1991, was cited as the #16 censored story of 1991.

REPORTED IN 2010

HELP FOR POOR SEEN IN CLIMATE LAW

The Associated Press reported on April 15, 2010, that heavy polluters are often located near low-income areas. “California’s attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can have additional benefits for poor and minority communities long plagued by dirty air if state regulators take their needs into account.”

Those who cannot remember the past

are condemned to repeat it!

-George Santayana