The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s civil-rights office has made a rare finding of discrimination, saying the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality treated African American residents of Flint unfairly during the permitting of a power plant more than two decades ago. In a letter dated Jan. 19, the last full day of the Obama administration, the […]
Category: Environmental Justice, Denied
The foisting of pollution on minority communities in America is racism, albeit a subtler type than has been in the news. With the launch of “Environmental Justice, Denied,” the Center for Public Integrity examines the siting of malodorous dumps and sewage plants near the homes of African-Americans, the spraying of toxic pesticides near schools attended by mostly Latino students, and other environmental problems that disproportionately affect communities of color.