If You're a Minority and Poor, You're More Likely to Live Near a Toxic Waste Site


(Fortune) Congress held its first hearing Wednesday on the Flint, Michigan water crisis, and the outrage over the city’s lead-polluted water was palpable. “This is failing at every level,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told the packed room. Critics have called the Flint crisis –and the government’s failure to act promptly –an example of environmental racism, noting the city is mostly black and poor.

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