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"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" "-Easy to read, well written, filled with documentation of the stories, compelling and hard to put down. The stories are important, have not been told, and need to be recounted in a public way. This book will add to the public discourse on the topic and will give motivation to some, solace to others, and consternation to organizations that are exposed."-Peter L. DeFur, Research Associate Professor, Center for Environmental Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University" "I just got mad. I couldn't breathe in my own house." Ruth Reed, a resident of Ocala, Florida, who lives next door to a Royal Oak Charcoal factory Across the United States, thousands of people, most of them in low-income or minority communities, live next to heavily polluting industrial sites. Many of them, like Ruth Reed, reach a point at which they say "Enough is enough." After living for years with poisoned air and water, contaminated soil, and pollution-related health problems, they start to take action├╗organizing, speaking up, documenting the effects of pollution on their neighborhoods. In Sacrifice Zones, Steve Lerner tells the stories of twelve communities, from Brooklyn to Pensacola, that rose up to fight the industries and military bases causing disproportionately high levels of chemical pollution. He calls these low-income neighborhoods "sacrifice zones"├╗repurposing a Cold War term coined by U.S. government officials to designate areas contaminated with radioactive pollutants during the manufacture of nuclear weapons. And he argues that residents of a new generation of sacrifice zones, tainted with chemical pollutants, need additional regulatory protections." Studies show that poor and minority neighborhoods are more polluted than wealthier areas located farther away from heavy industry. Sacrifice Zones goes beyond these disheartening statistics and gives us the voices of the residents themselves. We hear from people like Margaret L. Williams, who organized her neighbors to demand relocation away from two Superfund hazardous waste sites; Hilton Kelley, who came back to his hometown to find intensified emissions from the Exxon Mobil refinery next to the housing project in which he grew up; and Laura Ward, who found technicians drilling a hole in her backyard to test groundwater for pollution from the nearby Lockheed Martin weapons plant. Sacrifice Zones offers compelling portraits of accidental activists who have become grassroots leaders in the struggle for environmental justice and details the successful tactics they have used on the fenceline with heavy industry.

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"A significant complement to three decades of environmental justice research; it provides irrefutable empirical evidence that not all American communities are created equal." Robert D. Bullard Environmental Health Perspectives
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262014403
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Lerner is the author of Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today's Environmental Problems (1998) and Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor (2006), both published by the MIT Press.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

I Partial Victories

1 Ocala, Florida: Community Blanketed by "Black Snow" from Neighboring Charcoal Factory 19

2 Pensacola, Florida: Health Problems near "Mount Dioxin" Require Mass Relocation 41

II Contaminated Air

3 Port Arthur, Texas: Public Housing Residents Breathe Contaminated Air from Nearby Refineries and Chemical Plants 73

4 Corpus Christi, Texas: Hillcrest Residents Exposed to Benzene in Neighborhood Next to Refinery 99

5 Addyston, Ohio: The Plastics Plant Next Door 119

6 Marietta, Ohio: Steel-Hardening Plant Spews Tons of Manganese into River Valley Town's Air 137

III Contaminated Water

7 Tallevast, Florida: Rural Residents Live Atop Groundwater Contaminated by High-Tech Weapons Company 157

8 San Antonio, Texas: Contamination from Kelly Air Force Base Suspected of Causing Sickness and Death in Adjacent Latino Community 177

IV Contaminated Soil

9 Daly City, California: Midway Village: Public Housing Built on Contaminated Soil 195

10 St. Lawrence Island, Alaska: Yupik Eskimos Face Contaminated Water and Traditional Food Supplies near Former U.S. Military Bases 219

11 Greenpoint, New York: Giant Oil Spill Spreads beneath Brooklyn Neighborhood 247

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 267

Conclusion 297

Notes 315

Index 339

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