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nosmokes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-05 02:37 PM
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AP: More Blacks Live With Pollution
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AP: More Blacks Live With Pollution


By DAVID PACE
Associated Press Writer

December 13, 2005, 10:50 PM EST

CHICAGO -- An Associated Press analysis of a little-known government research project shows that black Americans are 79 percent more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial pollution is suspected of posing the greatest health danger.
Residents in neighborhoods with the highest pollution scores also tend to be poorer, less educated and more often unemployed than those elsewhere in the country, AP found.
"Poor communities, frequently communities of color but not exclusively, suffer disproportionately," said Carol Browner, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration when the scoring system was developed. "If you look at where our industrialized facilities tend to be located, they're not in the upper middle class neighborhoods."
With help from government scientists, AP mapped the risk scores for every neighborhood counted by the Census Bureau in 2000. The scores were then used to compare risks between neighborhoods and to study the racial and economic status of those who breathe America's most unhealthy air.
President Clinton ordered the government in 1993 to ensure equality in protecting Americans from pollution, but more than a decade later, factory emissions still disproportionately place minorities and the poor at risk, AP found.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-05 02:39 PM
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1. This is news?!
Edited on Wed Dec-14-05 02:39 PM by redqueen
:eyes:

edit: wouldn't it be more accurate to say "the poor"?
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Balbus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-05 02:41 PM
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2. More accurate but not quite as "eyecatching" in the headline.
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nofurylike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-05 03:32 PM
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4. i agree: "This is news?!"! the report speaks to what you added, re:"poor."
peace!
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-05 03:39 PM
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5. Yes, I saw that... I just despise misleading headlines.
Especially when they serve to divide the poor against each other.
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-05 02:43 PM
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3. I believe that.
The Pollution of Republicans!
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KT2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-05 03:52 PM
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6. Environmental Justice
was part of the EPA that examined this - needless to say, they have been put out to pasture by this adminsitration.
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