Is BP’s Waste Being Dumped in Your Back Yard?

By Jacqui Patterson, Director, Climate Justice Initiative

As the NAACP continues its fight against the monumental environmental and human implications of the Gulf Oil disaster, we continue to uncover new and alarming details about the clean-up processes that BP is utilizing. One of the "fathers of Environmental Justice" and NAACP member Dr. Robert D. Bullard has written two articles that shed light into the common practices of dumping waste in landfills located near communities of color. Below are excerpts from the two articles.

Over 60 percent of BP Waste Dumped in Minority Communities

"As of July 15, more than 39,448 tons of BP oil spill waste was disposed in nine approved landfills in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Five of the nine the landfills receiving BP oil-spill solid waste are located in communities where people of color comprise a majority of residents living within a one-mile radius of the waste facilities." 

BP's Waste Management Plan Raises Environmental Justice Concerns

"Given the sad history of waste disposal in the southern United States, it should be no surprise to anyone that the BP waste disposal plan looks a lot like "Dumping in Dixie," and has become a core environmental justice concern, especially among low-income and people of color communities in the Gulf Coast - communities whose residents have historically borne more than their fair share of solid waste landfills and hazardous waste facilities before and after natural and man-made disasters. "

Lastly, Dr. Bullard's statistical research can be viewed in an article written by Daisy Hernandez for Color Lines News for Action in a article entitled Here's Where BP is Dumping Its Oil Spill Waste.