Rebekah Cowell | The Sun Magazine

Rebekah Cowell

Rebekah Cowell is an investigative journalist whose work focuses on low-income, minority communities located near hazardous-waste facilities. She lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and is a fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.

— From May 2012
The Sun Interview

In Their Backyard

Robert D. Bullard On The Politics Of Where We Put Our Trash

We need a system to determine when a community has already shouldered its fair share. Right now, if someone wants to build a hazardous-waste facility, the EPA or state will assess the risk to nearby residents from that new facility only; the risks posed by the three or four or five polluters already in the area aren’t added to the equation. So there is nothing that might trigger the EPA or state to say that this community is overburdened by pollution.

May 2012
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