Bloomberg Law
June 22, 2020, 5:11 PM

‘Cancer Alley’ Among Worst Areas for Chemical Risks, Groups Say

Pat Rizzuto
Pat Rizzuto

Poor Texas and Louisiana communities, many of them Black, have higher-than-average exposures to 15 of 20 chemicals that the EPA is analyzing, groups in the two states told the agency.

Gulf-area residents from both states are exposed to 77% of the nationwide air, water, and land releases of just one of those 15 chemicals, a flame retardant, a coalition of seven Texas and Louisiana groups told the agency in comments filed late May and early June.

As early as Monday, the EPA is supposed to start releasing 20 final plans describing what people, health concerns, chemical uses, and other ...

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