These are the most polluted neighborhoods in your city

But within these cities, there are disparities. Often, neighborhoods with higher percentages of minorities have lower air quality than their whiter counterparts. Minorities face around 40 percent more exposure to toxic air pollution overall, according to a study conducted last year by the University of Minnesota.
This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a tool aimed at exposing these disparities. It allows users to map out their neighborhood’s environmental indicators, alongside Census information about where minorities and low-income families live.
The results are at times stark and shocking.
“Environmental justice is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies,” the EPA said in a statement about the tool, called EJSCREEN’s release. “EPA’s goal is to provide all people with equal access to the environmental decision-making process to maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work…

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