The Associated Press reveals the significant gaps in health outcomes between Black Americans and their white counterparts throughout their lives.
Q&A: Cancer Alley Is Real, And Louisiana Officials Helped Create It, Researchers Find
For years, environmental organizations have nicknamed the 130-mile industrial corridor along the lower Mississippi River between here and Baton Rouge "cancer alley," a twisting stretch with more than 200 companies, including oil refineries, plastics manufacturers, chemical plants, and other polluting enterprises. State environmental authorities and business representatives have long challenged the phrase, even though U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mapping indicates the region's population suffer some of the nation's greatest health risks from inhaling harmful chemicals. Public authorities have maintained that the state's cancer registry reveals cancer incidences in industrial corridor parishes do not surpass statewide rates. But two studies published in peer-reviewed publications in the past 13 months support the idea that cancer alley is real and that state environmental officials have helped create it with inequitable air quality laws. A January 2022 Environmental Research Letters study indicated air pollution increased cancer rates in Black and disadvantaged populations. Last month, a second study in Environmental Challenges found that industrial emissions in Louisiana's minority communities are seven to 21 times higher than in white ones, blaming state regulators' permitting methods. The investigations come amid continuing environmental justice fights against new or expanded petrochemical facilities, notably the $9.4 billion Formosa plastics manufacturing complex planned for St. James Parish, which has been stalled by the courts, and the EPA's vow to better monitor pollution in t
Grassroots groups are collecting their own pollution data to increase accountability and demand environmental justice.
Three Texas oil & gas industry sites that caught fire had long violation records.
Houston residents protest proposed cutback in neighborhood drainage spending amid revenue surge
Carbon credits for nitrous oxide reductions could fill a key gap in international agreements and government regulations.
Supreme Court ruling on May 25, 2023, has curtailed the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) to regulate millions of acres of wetlands.
This article addresses the systemic racism and environmental injustice experienced by Latino farmworkers in the US, focusing on their exposure to the herbicide paraquat.
According to the American Red Cross, 64% of African-American, 45% of Hispanic/Latino, and 40% of white children have few to no swimming skills.
This article by Somini Sengupta discusses the dangerous feedback loops that extreme heat can trigger for hospitals and clinics in the United States.
Lawmakers in the United States are currently negotiating the national debt ceiling and in the midst of these negotiations, the future of clean energy and environmental protection.
Nearly two dozen lawsuits filed by cities and states aim to put fossil fuel companies on trial for deceiving the public about climate change.
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EPA’s upcoming climate rules are expected to rely on carbon capture technology.
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The Federal Railroad Administration launched a public database for complaints about blocked crossings in late 2019, and it has received over 28,000 reports of stopped trains.