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New Study on Air Pollution Shows How Environmental Injustice Runs Rampant Across the Nation

(COMMON DREAMS) Andrea Germanos, February 24, 2018 — A new study by five Environmental Protection Agency scientists spotlights “the devastating reality of environmental injustice and racism in our country,” as one observer puts it.

The study focused on air pollution caused by particulate matter (PM) of 2.5 micrometers in diameter or less,  which is caused primarily by combustion and can have deleterious health effects. It was published online Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health.

The researchers found that in “every state except New Mexico, North Dakota, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., communities of color are exposed to more environmental pollution than white communities,” as ThinkProgress reported.

via New Study on Air Pollution Shows How Environmental Injustice Runs Rampant Across the Nation.