- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (August 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0815728786
- ISBN-13: 978-0815728788
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice
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Christopher H. Foreman Jr. is a senior fellow in the Governmental Studies program at the Brookings Institution and the author of Plagues, Products, and Politics: Emergent Public Health Hazards and National Policymaking (Brookings, 1994) and Signals from the Hill: Congressional Oversight and the Challenge of Social Regulation (Yale, 1988).
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1. Chapter 2, pg. 9, Mr. Foreman notes that hazardous waste facilities handle only a fraction of the hazardous waste generated in the U.S. The remainder being processed on site. These are treatment and concentration technologies that allow the waste to be transfered to TSDF facilities in highly concentrated form. This statement is self-evident to anyone with a background in environmental science and engineering..further the source of this quote is cited as a Waste Management Inc. executive, one of the first corporations to be named in the early EJ litigation..hardly an unbiased technical source.
2. Numerous statements in the chapter on Health are made concerning the impact of environmental exposures on health which should be supported by sound technical references on the topic. This field with the exception of lead is largely unexplored..which Foreman notes. However, some of the skepticism exhibited in this analysis in regard to the health impacts of environmental exposures is supported by such sources as The Washington Times and The Atlantic Monthly, while wonderful publications in there own right, they are not scientific, technical journals dealing solely with the issue of environmental health and human exposure.
The lack of technical rigor exhibited in, what is in my opinion, a highly critical review of a grassroots movement left me dissappointed. I had hoped for a work that encouraged and inspired EJ advocates to a more vital movement.
The book is formatted in a style of a graduate-level textbook, with all of the sources of the book properly documented. This format, however, does not detract from the book's analysis of the public policy issues associated with Environmental Justice. I enjoyed Foreman's writing style and thought some passages were especially well-written. I wish all of my textbooks would have been this compelling.
As an environmental compliance professional at a highly visible facility, I never quite understood why certain residents were so hostile toward our facility, why the efforts of local activists were at times disjointed, or why regulators would subject themselves to seemingly unnecessary public meetings. This book clarifies the motivations of these various groups in dealing with controversial facilities. I would recommend this book to both environmental regulators and compliance personnel in the private sector. I believe that meaningful strategies for community involvement in environmental permitting can be crafted based on the analysis presented in this book.