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• Approximately 71% of African Americans live in areas in violation of air pollution standards.
• Race, over income, is the #1 predictor of whether a person is located near a polluting facility. An African American making $50,000 per year is more likely to live in an area cited for air pollution than a white American making $15,000 per year.
• Pollution from power plants is an issue of racial disparity as people of color are most likely to be exposed to the toxins coming from these plants and the impact is obvious from our health outcomes.
• We already know that rates of infant mortality, low birthweight, and prematurity are much higher among African Americans who, again, are more likely to be located next to these polluting power plants who spew toxins that scientists have linked to poor birth outcomes.
• Several of the toxins from power plant emissions are also tied to lung cancer. Despite lower smoking rates, African Americans are more likely to develop and die of lung cancer than White Americans.
We must stop air toxics like mercury, arsenic, and benzene from harming our communities. The EPA must enact strong air toxics standards.