A Louisiana Town Plagued by Pollution Shows Why Cuts to the EPA Will Be Measured in Illnesses and Deaths

For decades, people living on the little square of land next to the neoprene plant in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, have felt they suffered more than their share of illnesses.

People living next to the neoprene plant in Louisiana’s St. John the Baptist Parish have long felt they suffered more than their share of illnesses. Still, as Sharon Lerner reports, it took the work of several divisions of the EPA over the course of many years to finally convey the scope of the problem — that the plant was pumping out a chemical that gave local residents the highest risk of cancer from air pollution in the country. As the Trump administration moves to undermine what limited ability the agency has to protect Americans from industrial emissions, Lerner lays out what’s at stake.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE: A Louisiana Town Plagued by Pollution Shows Why Cuts to the EPA Will Be Measured in Illnesses and Deaths

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