Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities

This week, journalists from the Center for Public Integrity and National Public Radio are releasing a report on possible toxic emissions from over 17,000 facilities in the United States. The report, Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities, exposes these violations of the Clean Air Act and various other government acts that pose serious health risks to communities in ten states. Additionally, journalists will examine the failure of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fully regulate violators of these important environmental protections and enforce these laws to stop these pollution abuses in a timely manner. Over the course of this week, they are airing four reports on this subject and an internal EPA watch list of chronic and serious violators through Internet and radio platforms. They report on the impact of shrinking state and agency budgets, which has further limited their regulation by government agencies and resulted in the need for community members and activists to monitor toxic emissions themselves. They have also created an accessible map that indicates sites, the corporations/facilities involved, associated health risks and a space for community response.

The Overbrook Foundation is pleased to learn about these reports and we encourage you to read about these abuses to put pressure on agencies to fulfill their responsibilities to vulnerable American communities.

Look for more information at CPI’s IWatch or on NPR’s News programs, All Things Considered and Morning Edition.