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Executive Summary I am evaluating solutions to reduce the proliferation of chemical and radioactive industrial carcinogens that threaten human health nationally and globally I am specifically concerned with the toxic health effects on minority and low-income communities After critiquing several alternatives I can recommend methods to find reparations for suffering resulting from severe medical problems More than half of the nations 26 million African Americans and more than a third of its Latinos live in neighborhoods with at least one uncontrolled toxic waste site People of color immigrants and low-income workers disproportionately suffer from toxic emissions because polluting industrial facilities are intentionally placed in minority neighborhoods and residential areas for minorities are built adjacent to industrial facilities This causes residents to be unnecessarily exposed to industrial chemicals nuclear radiation and dioxins that cause cancer reproductive and developmental disorders and immune system problems Three solutions increased community awareness and activism increased government regulation of toxic sites and housing redevelopment are evaluated in respect to criterions equality efficiency political feasibility legality robustness in the decision making process After negotiating the tradeoffs of money time better health status justice and equality I feel that empowering community members to work with public health officials will help to ensure a long lasting relationship built on trust and cooperation Once these ties are formed more permanent plans such as relocation and redevelopment can be discussed and possibly implemented Other plans such as monetary reparations can be discussed as well These solutions may be difficult to implement but if successful they will benefit the health and economic states of millions of residents by preventing numerous diseases and unnecessary suffering I INTRODUCTION I am evaluating solutions to reduce the proliferation of chemical and radioactive industrial carcinogens that threaten human health nationally and globally I am specifically concerned with the toxic health effects on minority and low-income communities After critiquing several alternatives I can recommend methods to find reparations for suffering
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