STORY: Lawsuit, EPA fails on civil rights

Gosia Wozniacka Uncategorized

Kettleman City is a small, poor farmworking community along the I-5 corridor, somewhere between Stockton and Bakersfield. Population about 1,400, according to the 2010 census. The community lies next to one of the West’s biggest toxic waste dumps. It’s also been plagued by a rash of birth defects that activists contend are caused by a combination of elements, including the dump, air pollution and pesticides that drift off from the fields surrounding the interstate highway. To fight these problems, the community has grown a group of activists, residents who for several generations have been fighting with regulators. In this latest leg of the fight, they filed a lawsuit against the EPA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read the story here and link to PDF

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