"We support the right to a clean and healthful environment for all people"
Environmental Justice is the link between the environment and social justice to resolve the disproportionate distribution of environmental risk (including negative health, social and economic effects) on communities. At the Sierra Club, we explore the linkages between environmental quality and social justice to promote dialogue, increased understanding and appropriate action.
Cancer and Environmental Risk
Using spatial analysis software, we have digitized the cancer data of the Delaware Division of Public Health's report and presented this information with meaningful environmental indicators, including the location of toxic releases and hazardous waste. The new maps generated by this analysis reveal pockets of environmental risk juxtaposed next to areas of alarmingly high cancer rates.
Delaware River among the most toxic in the nation
A new report published by the Environment America Research and Policy Center lists the Delaware River among their top ten list of waterways for total toxic discharges. The Delaware River comes in at Number 5, at 6,779,436 pounds of toxic chemicals released in 2010 according to the Toxics Release Inventory.
Delaware City residents monitor air quality near refinery
Residents in Delaware City Monitor their air quality. View the report on WHYY March 23, 2012.
Mercury Warning: Fish in Delaware are Unsafe to Eat
Even small amounts of mercury, such as that in a fever thermometer, can pose a danger to human health and the environment. A typical mercury thermometer contains one gram of elemental mercury. This small amount, the size of a few drops, can harm the environment and human health if the thermometer breaks and the mercury is released. For example, if the amount of mercury in a fever thermometer were deposited into a 20 acre lake on an annual basis, this one gram would be sufficient to contaminate the water to the extent that the fish would no longer be safe to eat.
- Delaware Environmental Navigator (interactive map)
- EPA Envirofacts
- EPA Toxics Release Inventory, Release Reports
- Community Involvement Advisory Council
- EPA Region III Environmental Justice
- National Environmental Justice Advisory Council
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