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Envirnmental Justice and a lack thereof

We are aware of the term environmental injustice and environmental racism. Let's define Environmental Injustice: "An environmental injustice exists when members of disadvantaged, ethnic, minority or other groups suffer disproportionately at the local, regional (sub-national), or national levels from environmental risks or hazards, and/or suffer disproportionately from violations of fundamental human rights as a result of environmental factors, and/or denied access to environmental investments, benefits, and/or natural resources, and/or are denied access to information; and/or participation in decision making; and/or access to justice in environment-related matters." In most instances the victims of environmental injustice live in areas where environmentally hazardous facilities such as incinerators and oil refineries were built. The homes where there first and the polluting facility was introduced/built in their neighborhood. What term is there, if any, for a more insidious practice of building new housing in the shadow of pre-existing sources of health threatening pollutants? Is there any law or zoning policy that forbids the practice of building new housing adjacent to incinerators, liquid hazardous waste treatment plants, oil refineries and the like? Is there a professional code of ethics for zoning officials, urban planners and the like that frowns upon building homes in close proximity to health threatening operations? What legal or administrative challenges to such a callous land use practice have been instituted in Michigan or in the USA? How can a citizen group protest and prevent the construction of housing so situated?

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Wayne County Michigan 29 days ago

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