environmental justice


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Pruitt Puts Coal Before Children

In announcing his abandonment of the Clean Power Plan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt boasted, “The war on coal is over.”

That means the war on children has begun. Read more >

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What Scott Pruitt Still Gets Wrong About Chemical Safety Post-Hurricane Harvey

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

In a recent interview with ABC’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was asked about the agency’s role in responding to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and the devastation caused in Florida and Texas by the natural disasters. During the conversation, one of the hosts asked Administrator Pruitt about the EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule and his decision to delay implementation of the amendments to modernize the standards for chemical facility safety (relevant because a chemical plant covered by this rule exploded after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston). Read more >

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Recovery After Hurricane Harvey: Will There Be Justice for All?

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

What happens to Houston after the media coverage storm subsides, when the country has moved on from the reality that is the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey? Will the people of Houston, who will be affected by this devastation financially and emotionally for years to come, soon become just yesterday’s headline? I would hope not. But recent history shows we should be concerned. Read more >

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The ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown, TX. Photo: Roy Luck/CC BY 2.0 (Flickr)

Hurricane Harvey Magnifies Climate and Petrochemical Toxic Risks for Environmental Justice Communities in Houston

, Kendall Science Fellow

The last few days have been difficult for people in Houston. Though they have been difficult for everybody, the environmental justice communities like Manchester and Galena Park in eastern Houston are now facing a double whammy of climate change and toxic contamination. Read more >

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Warehouses As an Environmental Justice Issue

Quan Yuan, Ph.D. candidate in Planning and Policy Development, , UCS

When we think of locally undesirable land uses, we often think of large power plants, puffing single plumes of pollution. But many plumes of pollution from trucks traveling to and from warehouses can have equally large impacts on health. Read more >

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