Louisiana residents travel to Galena Park to support EPA Refinery Rule PDF Print E-mail

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Twenty-four residents representing eight Louisiana communities traveled to Galena Park, Texas on August 5, 2014 in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency Refinery Rule to force petroleum refineries to reduce toxic air emissions. The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in partnership with Advocates for Environmental Human Rights organized a group of community residents who have suffered both physical and psychological health problems from toxic chemical exposure due to emissions from nearby refineries in their community. There are currently 142 petroleum refineries in the United States. Exposure to toxic air pollutant emissions can cause upper respiratory problems and can increase the risk of developing cancer.

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2014 TRI National Conference Draws Diverse Audience PDF Print E-mail

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice co-hosted the 2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory and Environmental Conditions in Communities in Arlington, VA May 7 – 9, 2014. Over three hundred attendees gathered to learn more about the Toxics Release Inventory data tools, how to access the tools and how researchers and communities are using the data. Researchers from several institutions looked at the links between air toxics and academic performance by examining air releases from industrial sources around public schools. Other presentations included a community-driven research assessment of spatial disparities, cumulative burden and impact in the distribution of TRI facilities in communities of color. This was Dillard University's first year co-sponsoring the TRI National Conference with the EPA. This year's conference targeted a diverse audience with more participation from environmental justice communities to ensure vulnerable communities gain the knowledge needed to use TRI data to help impact policy and reduce toxic exposure in their communities.

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2nd Annual HBCU Student Climate Change Conference Inspire Student Conversation and Action Around Climate and Justice PDF Print E-mail

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Dr. Beverly Wright, executive director of Dillard University's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of Texas Southern University Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs hosted the 2nd Annual HBCU Student Conference: Climate Change Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Experience April 17 – 19, 2014. This year's theme was Building Safe and Resilient Communities for All." Over 100 students, faculty, staff, and environmental justice leaders gathered to participate in the critical discussion about equity and inclusion in the face of climate change. HBCU's in attendance included Dillard University, Florida A & M University, Grambling State University, Howard University, Savannah State University, Southern University Baton Rouge, Spelman College, and Texas Southern University were in attendance. The three day conference included a community tour, an undergraduate and graduate student poster session, student and expert panelist and a Toxics Release Inventory Webinar.

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