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A Toxic Relationship: Extreme Coastal Flooding and Superfund Sites

About 2,000 official and potential Superfund sites—sites contaminated by extremely hazardous chemicals— are located within 25 miles of the East or Gulf Coast. As sea levels rise, many of these toxic sites are at risk of flooding. Millions of people live near these sites, and flooding could bring them into contact with these chemicals. The areas near these sites are disproportionately populated by communities of color and low-income communities. If leaders continue to sideline science when making decisions about climate change and about these sites, millions of the country’s most vulnerable people’s health will be at risk. We recommend steps that decisionmakers could take to ensure the resiliency of Superfund sites to extreme floods.
Author: Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientist
Language: English
Pubished By: Union of Concerned Scientists
Pubished date: September 2020

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