EPA opens civil rights investigations over pollution in Cancer Alley

Culture April 18, 2022 Culture
EPA opens civil rights investigations over pollution in Cancer Alley

The Denka facility in Reserve, Louisiana. The neoprene facility is the only location in America to emit the pollutant chloroprene.

From The Guardian | US News by Oliver Laughland

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened a series of civil rights investigations into state agencies in Louisiana to examine whether permits granted in the highly polluted industrial corridor, known locally as Cancer Alley, have violated Black citizens rights.

The civil rights inquiries will investigate Louisiana’s environment department (LDEQ) over a series of permits approved in both St John parish and St James parish and elsewhere in the region, where chronic air pollution in majority Black communities have led to a wave of activism and international attention.

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