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1 month ago with 3 notes

Tagged: them and us Chester PA enviromental racism

Enviromental Racism

Chester, PA, a 75% African-American, low-income community Southwest of Philadelphia is home to numerous waste facilities, toxic waste sites, chemical plants and other industrial hazards. The nation’s largest trash incinerator, the nation’s largest medical waste autoclave (closed since 1995), and a sewage treatment plant and sewage sludge incinerator are all cited on properties just on the other side of the tracks from residential homes in Chester. The EPA has found that blood lead-levels in Chester’s children are “unacceptably high,” that “air emissions from facilities in and around Chester provide a large component of the cancer and non-cancer risks to the citizens of Chester,” and that “both cancer and non-cancer risks, e.g. kidney and liver disease and respiratory problems, from the pollution sources at locations in the city of Chester exceed levels which EPA believes are acceptable.”


3 years ago with 1 note

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