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August 03, 2014

EPA to Hold August 5 Public Hearing on Refinery Emissions and Fenceline Communities

Because of growing concern about emissions from refineries and the potential health impact on nearby “fenceline” community residents, the EPA is holding a series of public hearings around the country. It will hold a hearing on Tuesday August 5 in Houston on the Proposed Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards.

May 25, 2011

Why EPA Should Adopt the Strongest Protection Against Pollution from Coal-Fired Power Plants

Testimony of Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA Public Hearing, National Standards for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants, May 26, 2011   Cleaning up these power plants will save lives. According to the EPA, the new standards could prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks, 120,000 cases of

May 23, 2011

Eight-Year War Against Toxic Racism: Theft of Black Health and Black Wealth in a Small Tennessee Town

Generations of African Americans like the Harry Holt family grew up in the Dickson County, Tennessee Eno Road community and survived the horrors of slavery, post-slavery racism and “Jim Crow” segregation. However, this family may not survive “toxic racism,” the trichloroethylene or TCE contamination assault on their health and family homestead from the Dickson County

May 18, 2011

Six Months After “Call to Action” to EPA Region 4, EJ Groups Anxiously Wait for Status Report

It has now been six months since the historic November 10, 2010 meeting with Gwen Keyes Fleming, the first African American to head EPA Region 4 (which includes eight southern states, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and 6 Tribal Nations), where more than three dozen environmental justice, civil rights, faith,

May 07, 2011

Health Benefits of Dethroning King Coal

The movement to renewable energy is the preferred strategy to clean energy future for our nation. Clean energy market is growing. More than $243 billion in new investments were made in clean energy in 2010. Yet, coal is still king—accounting for half of U.S. electricity in 2009. The time has come to dethrone this dirty