Toxic Metal Pollution Is 10 Times Worse In Racially Segregated Areas

"Racially segregated communities in the United States are exposed to airborne toxic metals at a rate that’s nearly 10 times higher than more well-integrated areas, according to a new study published Tuesday.

The study, published in Nature Communications, also found that highly segregated locations were exposed to two times the degree of total air pollution of well-integrated communities.

It has long been known that communities of color bear a disproportionate burden of pollution. But the study puts a finer point on it — documenting that people in segregated communities breathe much higher levels of certain toxic heavy metals."

Amudalat Ajasa reports for the Washington Post November 1, 2022.

Source: Washington Post, 11/02/2022