High Number of Minorities and Poor Live Near Toxic Waste Facilities

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Environmental Health

National-level environmental inequality studies fail to reflect the disproportionately high number of minorities and poor people living near toxic waste facilities, say the co-authors of a new study. This shortcoming, they contend, stems from the failure of a widely used approach for assessing disparities in the distribution of environmental hazards to adequately account for the proximity between such sites and nearby residential populations.

In an article appearing in the May 2006 issue of Demography, Paul Mohai of the University of Michigan and Robin Saha of the University of Montana report that when they use alternative "distance-based" methods to analyze the racial and socioeconomic disparities around the nation