A PRRAC report (July 2018). By Jennifer Bisgaier and Jennifer Pollan.
Communities of color have long argued that there is a need for stronger environmental and health protections that adequately serve all people and that advance their rights to fair participation. Since the modern environmental justice movement began in the 1980s, a series of reports as well as lawsuits and administrative complaints also have documented the ways in which people of color and low-income communities are disproportionately affected by decisions regarding the siting of hazardous facilities as well as other environmental issues. People of color are more likely to live near coal plants and landfill sites, and experience higher rates of asthma, heart disease, lung problems, and other adverse health outcomes.