Trump’s new rules ex­pose US blacks

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Inside -

US BLACKS face a dis­pro­por­tion­ate risk of health prob­lems from pol­lu­tion caused by the oil and gas in­dus­try and the sit­u­a­tion could worsen as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump dis­man­tles en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions, ad­vo­cacy groups say.

A re­port by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Coloured Peo­ple civil rights group and the Clean Air Task Force, said more than a mil­lion AfricanAmer­i­cans live within 800m of an oil and gas op­er­a­tion, and more than 6.7 mil­lion live in a county with a re­fin­ery.

“African-Amer­i­cans are ex­posed to 38% more pol­luted air than Cau­casian Amer­i­cans and they are 75% more likely to live in fence-line com­mu­ni­ties (neigh­bour­hoods ad­ja­cent to in­dus­trial fa­cil­i­ties) than the av­er­age Amer­i­can. In the cur­rent reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment, the dis­pro­por­tion­ate bur­den of pol­lu­tion will only in­crease for low-in­come com­mu­ni­ties and com­mu­ni­ties of colour,” it said.

Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has be­gun to un­ravel Obama-era en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions lim­it­ing emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide and other pol­lu­tants, say­ing they are overly costly for in­dus­try and un­nec­es­sary to pro­tect public health. – Reuters

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