Environmental Justice and the Mississippi River Industrial Corridor

TitleEnvironmental Justice and the Mississippi River Industrial Corridor
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKeller, DR, Connolly, P, Cox-White, B, Leever, MG
PublisherUtah Valey University, Center for the Study of Ethics, Environmental Ethics Case Archive.
AbstractThis case discusses the trend of of zoning residential with industrial areas, the intentional targeting by corporations of minority communities for hazardous materials facilities, and the political weakness of minority communities to resist exploitation. It specifically discusses a community located along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans who share the space with a large number of facilities who are releasing toxic chemicals into the river, efforts to expose the danger residents are exposed to by living in this area, and resistance by local politicians and corporations to clean up the area.
NotesThis is a slightly modified version of “Not in My Back Yard: Environmental Injustice and ‘Cancer Alley’” (David R. Keller, lead author), in Peggy Connolly, Becky Cox-White, David R. Keller, and Martin G. Leever, Ethics in Action: A Case-Based Approach. Copyright 2009 Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, Massachusett
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