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Toxic Exposure and the Importance of Civic Engagement in Communities of Color

In response to the disturbing information crossing my desk about the disproportionate dumping of oiled waste from the BP Oil Drilling Disaster in communities of color, I called our friend at the EPA and asked that he set up some visits for us to tour these landfills, as well as the waste processing centers, a.k.a. “staging areas” so that we can get a sense of what’s going on, why, and how it’s impacting communities of color.

What we discovered in our visits is the systemic and structural set up that makes it almost inevitable that this waste would find its way into communities of color, as so much other waste does.  Of course, this is not news to the environmental justice mavens who have been fighting these battles for decades.

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