Health Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants: Analyzing Environmental Injustice in Florida


  • Angela Gilbert Department of Geography, University of South Florida
  • Jayajit Chakraborty Department of Geography, University of South Florida


Environmental justice --United States, Hazardous wastes --Florida --Management, Automobiles --Pollution control devices, Dry cleaning industry, Automobiles --Painting, Air quality management --Florida, United States. Environmental Protection Agency


The term 'environmental justice' is used to describe the movement concerned with inequities in the distribution of environmental pollution and adverse health consequences of industrial activities and environmental policies. While the movement began in the 1980s as a grassroots effort to prevent potentially hazardous facilities from disproportionately impacting minority and low-income communities (United Church of Christ 2007), the current definition of environmental justice has expanded to include "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies" (EPA 2008a).