Environmental Equity and Air Toxics

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In the late 1970s and through the 1980s, people in the United States turned increasing attention toward toxic chemicals in the environment. Highly publicized toxic exposure incidents generated new standards for monitoring and regulating discharge of toxic chemicals into the environment. Given information about the location and proximity of harmful agents, researchers began to wonder whether any correlations existed between pollution and groups of people. Were some groups of people exposed to toxins more than others? Keywords: environmental equity, environmental racism, environmental justice, race and ethnicity, social inequity, toxic release inventory, public health, SpatiaLAB

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