New York, NY (September 18, 2017) – NowThis announces a two-part investigative series with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) that uncovers troubling environmental conditions for lower-income communities in the South. NowThis traveled with Sen. Booker to Uniontown, AL and St. James Parish, LA, an 85-mile stretch along the Mississippi River known as Cancer Alley, to hear residents’ stories, document their ongoing fight to gain better access to clean air and water, and investigate why the US government and the EPA have ignored this crisis for far too long.
“What I heard and saw during my visit to Alabama and Louisiana should grip the moral conscience of our country. I saw people with chronic illnesses because of poor air quality. I saw residents who couldn’t plant anything in their backyard because their soil had been so contaminated,” said Sen. Booker. “These stories echoed the ones I heard and saw as Mayor of Newark, where our river was a Superfund site, and where our air was so polluted that our kids had rates of asthma many times higher than their peers in other parts of our country.”
Sen. Booker continued, “For too long, corporations have been able to outsource the negative environmental impacts of doing business onto others, while reaping all of the benefits. And too often, that outsourcing falls on the backs of low-income communities and communities of color. This is unacceptable and we need to put an end to it.”
These two videos are part of a larger original series, entitled Environmental Injustice, that focuses on environmental racism and inequity in the United States. Additional episodes in this series will focus on similar stories in Maine, North Dakota and Alaska.
The second episode, "Cancer Alley," is now available. Both episodes can be viewed here or by clicking the video above. For interview requests, please contact Pierce White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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