New Study Highlights Continued Harmful Legacy of Redlining

EDF Statement from Margot Brown, Vice President, Equity and Justice

March 9, 2022

Alyse Rooks, 804-414-4743, [email protected]

Today a A new study funded in part by the Environmental Protection Agency highlights the ongoing negative impacts of redlining. Researchers analyzed air quality data in more than 200 cities where communities were demarcated, dating back to the 1930s, and found consistently high levels of pollution in black, Asian and Latino communities.

“These results – once again – highlight the historic and relentless impact of environmental racism. Gated communities bear a disproportionate burden of poor air quality that will have a profound effect on a wide range of health outcomes. health, functioning and quality of life for generations to come.New policies such as the Infrastructure Framework and the Environmental Justice Air Quality Monitoring Act are helping to move the needle, but continued attention and resources are needed.

  • Dr. Margot Brown, Vice President of Equity and Justice for Environmental Defense Fund

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