According to Robert Bullard, a professor at Georgia’s Clark Atlanta University and the director of that university’s Environmental Justice Resource Center, it is always the poor and the vulnerable who reside near land fills and thus suffer from them. This has something to do with institutional racism since these people are minorities.
In fact, more than half of the 9 million people living within two miles of the nation’s hazardous waste facilities are minorities, according to “Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty, 1987-2007: Grassroots Struggles to Dismantle Environmental Racism,” a recent report that Bullard co-wrote. In a response to the “Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty, 1987-2007: Grassroots Struggles to Dismantle Environmental Racism” report, the Environmental Protection Agency said “The EPA is committed to delivering a healthy environment for all Americans and is making significant strides in addressing environmental justice concerns. Since 1993, EPA has awarded more than US$ 30 million in grants to over 1,100 community-based organizations focused on addressing local environmental and public health issues”. Prof. Bullard is also the author of several books on the topic, including Confronting Environmental Racism, Dumping on Dixie and Unequal Protection.