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Why the Environment Is a Black Issue

A new op-ed in newspaper the Indianapolis Star highlights the importance of fighting pollution in poor communities of color. The story cites that 68 percent of Blacks live 30 miles from a coal plant; 20.2 million people below the poverty line are living in areas that receive at least one failing grade for air pollutants, and 4.5 million in poverty are breathing air that fails all three of the American Lung Association air pollution tests.

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