Environmental Justice Executive Summary

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This report through the United Church of Christ and Justice & Witness Ministries was very important in the progress of environmental justice because the report presented that race is the most “potent variable” of where “commercial hazardous waste facilities were located in the U.S.” Throughout this report, the constant theme was about toxic and solid waste, but another underlining theme was the economy versus environment.
In the 21st century, environmental justice examined government legislator and policies that placed people and communities of color at risk. The authors presented the point on how the current system has “institutionalized unequal enforcement.” One powerful statement that was made during their critiques was how the system “placed …show more content…

The United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took on a significant role in environmental justice. However, there were many contradictions and blame towards the EPA for how they were going about environmental justice. The United States’ Government criticized the EPA in July 2005 for not focusing on environmental justice more, yet the authors did not explain if the government itself was supporting these issues, helping the EPA enforce any legislation passed. This situation showed how the government points fingers at other organizations for not doing “their part,” without recognizing that the government needs to change itself to help the environment. Through all of the critics, the EPA created the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program, which allowed citizens to have access via Internet to corporations chemical releases. This program helped environmental justice through the idea that the public should have access to information regarding the environment. Yet, the government tried to shut down the EPA’s library where the TRI was located. Therefore, the authors continued the investigation through the report on how the government views and plays a role in environmental …show more content…

Eno Road was used as “the dumping ground” for the county for over forty years, before they officially made the land a landfill. The researchers found that over fourteen-hundred people retrieved their drinking water from private wells or springs within four miles from the landfill, which caused contamination of TCE and other hazardous chemicals throughout the private wells and springs. One particular African American family, the Holt family, basically received a “death sentence” from the U.S. Government because the Holt’s well “was not retested or monitored as recommended by state officials” (140). The whole Holt family experienced a range of deadly illness; anyone would have had these illnesses from drinking well water that had twenty-six parts per billion of TCE, which is twenty-five more than the regulation. Yet, the Holt family had to wait to be “treated,” but they never received the respect or the money they deserved from this awful

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