USC prof and researcher Manuel Pastor gave a great, granular talk on the new Justice in the Air report. He stressed that environmental pollution has a highly complex relationship to income and race. But bottom line is that if you are poor and/or of color you generally have a much hugher risk of suffering health effects of pollution.

He also stressed that while abatment efforts are usually centered on a given industrial sector or substance, the real threat resides in the cumulative effects of multiple toxins and that remediation efforts would and shold be focused on neighborhoods by neighborhoods. “The slow motion Katrina’s happening thoughout the U.S are never reported,” Pastor said.

Here’s a link to the report Justice in the Air.

And here’s a piece on the top 100 worst polluters, some of whom are named in the report.