30 Jul '11, 2pm

Living on Earth: Cancer Alley Case Gets Surprising Support

Living on Earth: Cancer Alley Case Gets Surprising Support

SRISKANDARAJAH: Each year the air is loaded with four million pounds of carcinogens, earning this place the nickname “Cancer Alley.” Government researchers have measured three times the national average of dioxin in the bodies of Mossville residents. They argue that there are no environmental justice laws on our books to protect America’s most vulnerable communities. So that’s the case they took to the Inter-American Commission, a last line of defense for human rights in the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. Government fought this arguing that the U.S. has plenty of environmental laws that protect its citizens. But last year, in an interview with Living on Earth , the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, seemed to agree with the people of Mossville.

Full article: http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=11-P13-0...

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