Brownfields and environmental justice: Income, education, and race

Jeffrey F. Miller, Cliff Ian Davidson, Deborah A. Lange, Meredith L. Meyer Grelli

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Brownfields are parcels of chemically contaminated land that are not redeveloped due to the expense of cleanup. Correcting any environmental injustice associated with brownfields can involve redevelopment efforts that account for economic disparities. Here we show that economic conditions in communities with brownfields that have received funding from the United States government are significantly worse than in the nation as a whole. These results suggest that there is an opportunity to right this environmental injustice by choosing to remediate brownfields in economically depressed areas in ways that address both environmental risk and the economic health of communities with brownfields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-124
Number of pages4
JournalEnvironmental Justice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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