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Racist Policies Expose Mostly Black Counties to Toxins

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Since the 1980s, advocates and studies have raised concern over how race has become the number-one indicator for where polluting facilities are placed. Being exposed to toxic fumes, dust and chemicals leads to increased health problems, such as cancer and respiratory issues. Princeton University published a report that states that although African Americans make up 13.6 % of the U.S. population, they are 75% more likely than white people to live in areas near facilities that produce noise, odor and traffic, and 68% live near coal-fired power plants. 

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