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A Report on the Demographics of Michigan's Urban Brownfield Communities

The purpose of the report is to analyze the demographic composition of those communities that surround areas of historic environmental contamination, commonly known as “brownfields.” Although many participants in environmental justice debates assert that environmental contamination falls disproportionately on the poor and minorities, increasing the risks to health, there are regrettably few objective analyses available that support this contention. This report, while not settling the issue of whether environmental justice should be pursued by specific government policies, provides the first objective look at the proximity to environmental hazards by minority populations in the State of Michigan.

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