Proof! “Superpolluters” target minority and low-income communities

It’s impossible to visit polluted, overburdened low income and minority communities without getting the strong feeling that they are targets for the worst polluters in America.

An excellent study proves this is true, and identifies roughly 800 of the dirtiest facilities that are damaging millions of peoples lives in these communities.

Learn more about the study in these articles:

If You’re a Minority and Poor, You’re More Likely to Live Near a Toxic Waste Site, Fortune Magazine

SUNY-ESF professor co-writes study finding evidence of environmental racism, Daily Orange

or read the entire study at

Study Cross-Links Pollution Extremes to Race, Socio-Economic Status, IOPScience




DOJ Yates Memo has Potential BIG Implications for Environmental Enforcement – Seminar/Teleconference February 16

While little known to most of us who aren’t attorneys, the “Yates Memo”, issued by the Department of Justice last September, promises to ensure culpable individuals are held for responsible corporate environmental and other crimes in criminal and/or civil court.

Source: Sally Yates speech at NYU School of Law (linked below)
In a related initiative, the Department of Justice and Department of Labor teamed to announce the “Expansion of Worker Endangerment Initiative to Address Environmental and Worker Safety Violations.”

Questions I am asking myself:

Could this mean that corporate executives will be less likely to allow environmental or workplace safety violations? 

Might community groups get positive action by publicly putting those executives on notice of violations of environmental law?

Thoughts and comments to this blog post from attorneys would be appreciated!

To learn more about the Yates memo and its ramifications for environmental justice, consider spending $50 to join the seminar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., or $20 to attend by teleconference.

The main speaker is Kris Dighe, Senior Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section.

For more information:

The Departments of Justice and Labor Announce Expansion of Worker Endangerment Initiative to Address Environmental and Worker Safety Violations, Department of Justice  Press Release 

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates Delivers Remarks at New York University School of Law Announcing New Policy on Individual Liability in Matters of Corporate Wrongdoing, Department of Justice

The Yates Memo: Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing, Department of Justice

The Yates Memo: It Could Get Personal, (Paid or complimentary subscription)


Executives Beware: DOJ’s New Yates Memo Signals Focus on Prosecuting Individuals, BDLaw

New DOJ Guidance Puts Emphasis on Identifying Culpable Individuals in Corporate Internal Investigations: Environmental Enforcement Implications, Sidley

Infographic – Research on health risks from living near diesel exhaust

Check out this very informative infographic, provided through a partnership with the Southern California Environmental Health Science Centers, based at the University of Southern California. 

The infographic includes interactive links that lead to much useful information. For example, in the HOW section, the health effects are linked to specific research articles. Links to websites and social media are also interactive. Have fun exploring!

The Moving Forward Network has also made this infographic available in PDF format for download. If you intend to distribute this infographic, please take a minute to let us know where/how you intend to do so. Thanks!

English PDF, Spanish PDF

Please help make overburdened communities safer by signing our petition at the Zero Campaign Website to urge the EPA to clean up ports, rail yards, and other freight facilities.

Work with the MFN through the USC centers comes from the Community Outreach and Engagement Program. This effort, funded in part by the Kresge Foundation, is an ongoing effort to provide accessible information about health research.

GREAT interview with Onyx Bazulto about freight pollution, asthma, and Environmental Justice in the Imperial Valley

Learn from change-maker Onyx Bazulto’s description of the environmental challenges in Brawley, California, how they have affected her life, and why and how she is fighting to protect her family and her community.

Brawley, with a population of about 25,000 people, is located between the Salton Sea and the border crossing at Calexico-Mexicali, along a heavily traveled freight corridor.

She was interviewed by Humberto Lugo, policy advocate with Comite Civico Del Valle, Inc.

Listen to this excellent interview with Seattle community activist Paulina Lopez

Puget Sound Sage and the South Park Information and Resource Center teamed to produce an excellent StoryCorps interview with Paulina Lopez, a volunteer with the resource center.

In the interview Paulina describes Seattle’s South Park community, which is bordered by the heavily polluted Duwamish River and is plagued by severe air pollution from train, truck, and air traffic, resulting in health problems, including high asthma rates among children.

She talks about how she and others formed the resource center to get more involvement by the Latino community in neighborhood and city decision making, and how the organization has become an important hub for all members of the community

Paulina eloquently paints a picture of how she and her organization have worked with different immigrant groups in the neighborhood, the importance of children’s health in their work, and their success in building a strong community of advocates.

Her description of how her group and the Asthma Coalition have partnered to train people to make their own air filters, and the positive impact they have had on childrens’ respiratory problems is very informative and interesting.

To listen to the interview, please click the link below.

Paulina talks about how she became inspired to be a changemaker, and how environmental pollution impacts her community.

VERY IMPORTANT – please sign our petition to clean up the air in port and rail yard communities throughout the USA.  Just click below


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