2000 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

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Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 13:16:01 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] "Unwelcome Neighbors" Report Day 1
Unwelcome neighbors: How the poor bear the burdens of America's pollution
A special Report from the Times-Picayune

Day 1

Imagine waking every morning to acrid fumes; horizons marred by towering
pretzels of metal and pipe; fear of hazardous-waste spills. History,
geography and the legacy of latent if not outright racism have conspired to
place factories, dumps and chemical plants next to the poor. With help from
environmental groups, some residents are rallying around a controversial
banner -- environmental justice, a coming together of civil rights and
environmental activism. The debate is reshaping the American landscape,
pitting those who point to the benefits of jobs and growth against those
who say they don't get enough benefits and don't want the problems. In the
middle is the federal government, which is struggling to give an emotional
and political debate a scientific foundation. 

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