On this episode, we’re collecting stories from the some of the great environmental justice victories in the US.

By environmental justice, we mean local efforts to overturn practices that have caused environmental degradation on a vulnerable population – often thanks to local organizing, the courts, and some help from the EPA.

Topics include the Cuyahoga River, which caught fire over a dozen times throughout the mid-20th century, due to industrial sludge being dumped there; the Love Canal in Niagara Falls, which was one of the first EPA Superfund sites; the strange killer pollution cloud that formed over Donora, PA; and the Bronx River project, which helped reverse almost 100 years of environmental neglect.

Links + Show Notes

The EPA and Cities over the years

Washington Post remembers the Cuyahoga River fire(s)

How the Clean Water Act became a thing

The EPA Superfund Program

DOCUMERICA Project by the Environmental Protection Agency

Map of 40 Biggest EJ Conflicts in the US

EJ Atlas of Environmental Justice conflicts worldwide

The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act

Smog Deaths In 1948 Led To Clean Air Laws

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