"EPA Closes Civil Rights Probe Into Louisiana Over ‘Cancer Alley’ Pollution"

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Tuesday it did not find discrimination by the state of Louisiana against Black residents who face high levels of air pollution, closing a probe into actions by state departments.

The agency has been investigating complaints from environmental groups that alleged discrimination over air pollution faced by Black residents of St. John the Baptist Parish.

Environmental groups alleged that a company was allowed to release “excessive” levels of likely carcinogen chloroprene “that disproportionately affect St. John’s Black community.” It also raised concerns that residents were exposed to “various sources” of the carcinogen ethylene oxide."

Rachel Frazin reports for The Hill June 27, 2023.

Source: The Hill, 06/29/2023