Detroit community activist Delores Leonard. (Credit: Adam Reinhardt)

The “original sin” of air quality regulations is keeping communities polluted. But that’s changing.

Tackling cumulative exposures, rather than one pollutant at a time, is key to correcting environmental injustice, experts say. But progress remains too slow in the most affected neighborhoods.

DETROIT—Theresa Landrum still has an emergency kit the Wayne County Department of Homeland Security gave her years ago when she asked the agency to help her community, which is surrounded by heavy industry, create an evacuation plan in the event of a chemical emergency.

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