Inside Climate News: Industrial plants in Gary and other environmental justice communities are highlighted as top emitters
A new report on toxic pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, health metrics and environmental justice indicators could guide investments to clean up heavy industry, report Aydali Campa, Phil McKenna and Victoria St. Martin for Inside Climate News.
In a nutshell:
A recent Sierra Club report highlights the toxic emissions and climate impact of over 200 industrial facilities, with iron and steel mills being the most harmful to health and environment. Residents near such mills, like Gary Works, face economic challenges, health disparities and the burden of greenhouse gas emissions. As the EPA finalizes new regulations, discussions on reducing emissions, protecting vulnerable communities, and transforming the steel industry are underway, aiming for cleaner, greener solutions.
“I love being in Gary,” said Maya Etienne, 41, who works with a local group that promotes sustainable economic development. “But at the same time, I’m like, my child needs to be able to live in a space where she can breathe with no issues.”
The big picture:
Residents living near industrial facilities often face increased risks of respiratory issues, including asthma, and other chronic illnesses due to exposure to pollutants like lead and hazardous air emissions. In addition, the surrounding environment suffers from air and water pollution, contributing to climate change and harming local ecosystems. These adverse effects underscore the urgent need for stricter regulations and cleaner technologies in heavy industries to safeguard both public health and the environment.
Read the article at Inside Climate News.
For additional context, read EHN's multi-week series 'Pollution, Poverty, and People of Color', examining environmental justice issues across the U.S.