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Main Title Sacrifice zones : the front lines of toxic chemical exposure in the United States /
Author Lerner, Steve.
Publisher MIT Press,
Year Published 2010
OCLC Number 495616819
ISBN 9780262014403 (hardcover : alk. paper); 0262014408 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9780262518178 (pbk.); 0262518171 (pbk.)
Subjects Environmental toxicology--United States--Case studies ; Chemical spills--Health aspects--United States--Case studies ; Hazardous substances--Health aspects--United States--Case studies ; Hazardous substances--Health aspects--Alaska--Saint Lawrence Island--Case studies ; Hazardous waste sites--United States--Case studies ; Pollution--United States--Case studies ; Pollution--Alaska--Saint Lawrence Island--Case studies ; Chemical industry--United States ; Environmental Exposure--adverse effects--United States--Popular Works ; Hazardous Waste--United States--Popular Works ; Chemical Industry--United States--Popular Works ; Environmental Pollution--United States--Popular Works ; Prejudice--United States--Popular Works ; Socioeconomic Factors--United States--Popular Works
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EIAM  RA1226.L47 2010 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 08/01/2011
EJEM  RA1226.L47 2010 OCSPP Chemical Library/Washington,DC 10/27/2010
ELBM  RA1226.L47 2010 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 09/30/2013
EMAM  RA1226.L475 2010 Region 6 Library/Dallas,TX 09/01/2011
Collation xiv, 346 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [315]-337) and index.
Contents Notes
Introduction -- Partial victories: Ocala, Florida : community blanketed by "black snow" from neighboring charcoal factory -- Pensacola, Florida : health problems near "Mount Dioxin" require mass relocation -- II. Contaminated air: Port Arthur, Texas : public housing residents breathe contaminated air from nearby refineries and chemical plants -- Corpus Christi, Texas : Hillcrest residents exposed to benzene in neighborhood next to refinery -- Addyston, Ohio : the plastics plant next door -- 6. Marietta, Ohio : steel-hardening plant spews tons of manganese into river valley town's air -- III. Contaminated water: Tallevast, Florida : rural residents live atop groundwater contaminated by high-tech weapons company -- San Antonio, Texas : contamination from Kelly Air Force Base suspected of causing sickness and death in adjacent Latino community -- IV. Contaminated soil: Daly City, California : Midway Village : public housing built on contaminated soil -- St. Lawrence Island, Alaska : Yupik Eskimos face contaminated water and traditional food supplies near former U.S. military bases -- Greenpoint, New York : giant oil spill spreads beneath Brooklyn neighborhood -- V. An ongoing puzzle: disease clusters possibly caused by multiple sources of pollution -- Fallon, Nevada : largest U.S. pediatric leukemia cluster near naval air station and tungsten smelter -- Conclusion. V. An ongoing puzzle: disease clusters possibly caused by multiple sources of pollution -- 12. Fallon, Nevada : largest U.S. pediatric leukemia cluster near naval air station and tungsten smelter -- Conclusion. ""Sacrifice Zones is the compelling companion work to Diamond, Steve Lerner's landmark study of a small Louisiana town coping with the ravages of pollution from the factories surrounding it. In this book, Lerner travels to a dozen low-income, mostly minority communities around the country where the pressure to protect good-paying jobs takes a grim and painful toll on human health. As he did with such skill in Diamond, Lerner lets the people living, working, and in too many cases, dying from pollution in these 'fenceline communities' do the story telling. What the reader will be left with is shame and outrage that the richest country in the world has allowed entire communities to be sacrificed to pollution. But I believe you will also come away from this book with fresh resolve that our fellow citizens will not continue to be forgotten casualties of commerce."-Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group" ""This is a compelling treatise on why the dominant environmental protection apparatus should be overhauled to emphasize prevention, precaution, and equal protection. The book is a significant complement to three decades of environmental justice research that provides irrefutable empirical evidence that all American communities are not created equal."--Robert D. Bullard, Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director, Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta University" ""These case histories from fenceline America are compelling, beautifully detailed stories that integrate authentic voices from grassroots struggles for environmental justice. Lerner captures the nuance of these community struggles, and posits the common paradigm linking these twelve communities as he heralds the pain, the passion, the human cost of life and death in America's sacrifice zones."--Peggy M. Shepard, Executive Director and cofounder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, New York City".