What are ‘sacrifice zones’ and why do some Americans live in them? | Adrienne Matei

What are ‘sacrifice zones’ and why do some Americans live in them? | Adrienne Matei

Around 256,000 Americans live in areas where incidences of cancer caused by air pollution exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s current upper limit of ‘acceptable risk’

How do you calculate the price of a human life? What about 256,000 human lives?

Around a quarter of a million Americans are living in parts of the United States where rates of cancer caused by air pollution exceed the US government’s own limit of “acceptable risk.” Environmental experts have a chilling name for these sites:

Adrienne Matei is a freelance journalist

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