Environmental Justice

Exxon Mobil refinery in the Charlton-Pollard section of Beaumont, Texas, as seen from Van Buren Avenue, on June 6, 2017. Photo: Todd Spoth for The Intercept
Environmental Justice / Right-to-Know

A legacy of environmental racism

Exxon Mobil is still pumping toxins into black community in Texas 17 years after civil rights complaint BEAUMONT, TX — “People who can afford to live elsewhere tend to leave the neighborhood. A family who lived next door to Gaines recently left because they feared the pollution was the reason […]

Some of the more than 100,000 pages of discovery material related to the chemical industry that were stored in Carol Van Strum’s barn in rural Oregon
(Credit: Risa Scott/RF Scott Imagery).
Environmental Justice / Right-to-Know

100,000 pages of chemical industry secrets gathered dust in an Oregon barn for decades — until now

NEW YORK CITY, NY — “For decades, some of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through […]

Samual Corona and Chris Coward are concerned a push to clean up other parts of Chicago will push more polluting industry into their neighborhood (Credit: Kari Lydersen / Midwest Energy News).
Environmental Justice / Good Neighbor Campaigns

In Chicago, monitoring program part of neighborhood’s clean energy push

CHICAGO, IL — “‘Make sure you note the barbecue,’ Samuel Corona told his 21-year-old nephew, Chris Coward, as they walked by Leon’s BBQ joint on 106th Street on Chicago’s Southeast Side. The aroma coming from Leon’s was mouthwatering, but that wasn’t their focus. Corona explained that smoke from the barbecue could […]

"Cancer Alley." Many cases of cancer have occurred in communities on both sides of the river, though the Louisiana Tumor Registry claims the numbers are not higher than the national average (Photo: Julie Dermansky).
Environmental Justice

The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip

NEW ORLEANS, LA — “If you’re visiting New Orleans and want to see something truly amazing, take your beer or daiquiri to-go and walk a few blocks past the Superdome—you’ll find a school being constructed on an old waste dump. ‘All the toxins from the landfill are still there,’ says […]

Dustin McDaniel of the Abolitionist Law Center has been campaigning to shut down SCI Fayette in Pennsylvania. He says the well-being of prisoners isn't taken into consideration when agencies decide where to site prisons. (Credit: Nina Young)
Coal Ash / Environmental Justice

America’s toxic prisons: The environmental injustices of mass incarceration

SACRAMENTO, CA – “Matthew Morgenstern is convinced his Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by exposure to toxic coal ash from the massive dump right across the road from SCI Fayette, a maximum-security prison in LaBelle, Pennsylvania, where he is currently serving a 5- to 10-year sentence. ‘In 2010 and until I […]

Cautionary tale: editorial
Environmental Justice / Water Quality

Cautionary tale: editorial

TOLEDO — “The ongoing Flint, Mich., water crisis should serve as both an indictment and a warning: Lose a stable and reliable water supply and you lose a city, maybe a region. It has been nearly three years since Flint, under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, switched from […]

Water and sanitation structures are often demolished by Israel on the pretext that they are lacking the necessary permits. The lack of water and other basic services resulting from Israeli policies has created a coercive environment that often leaves Palestinians with no choice but to leave their communities. This facilitates an Israeli takeover and even the expansion of illegal settlements.
Environmental Justice / Research & Reports

Watergrabbing: A story of water

DOHA, QATAR — “Historically the source of many conflicts, water grabbing is the control and theft of water resources by the powerful, often at the expense of local populations and ecosystems. It can result in dispossession, displacement and ecological destruction. In an age of dwindling resources and climate change, water […]

Credit: Earth Justice
Coal / Environmental Justice / Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action offers tribute to mountain justice warrior on his birthday

Let us now praise a coal miner: Chuck Nelson is an American Hero CINCINNATI — “Among the hundreds of coal miners I have interviewed over the years, retired coal miner Chuck Nelson has always been among the most fearless truth-tellers in the coal country of West Virginia. An indefatigable presence […]

The green scum shown in this 2011 image was the worst algae bloom Lake Erie had experienced in decades mage captured by the Landsat-5 satellite. Data provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey.
Environmental Justice / Lake Erie

Local officials, urban and environmental groups pledge united effort against algae

TOLEDO — “Representatives from several groups announced today they are united in efforts to combat another season of toxic western Lake Erie algae. Standing along the river banks on the south end of Sidecut Metropark, leaders with Toledo City Council, the Lucas County Board of Commissioners, the Ohio Environmental Council, and […]

Credit: AP Photo/Gerry Broome
Environmental Justice

Race is the biggest indicator in the US of whether you live near toxic waste

NEW YORK, NY — “Go looking for the local landfill or toxic waste treatment facility in any US county with a mostly white population, and you’ll likely find it in the black or Latino neighborhoods. That’s because in the US, your race is the single biggest factor that determines whether […]