Saturday, February 13, 2010

Kettleman City, California Toxic Waste Controversy

Kettleman City, California is a predominantly Latino/Hispanic community about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Many of the 1,500 residents work in agriculture or service jobs. For decades Kettleman City residents have fought Waste Management over proposed expansions of its 1,600-acre Kettleman Hills landfill. The dispute has included charges of environmental racism and repeated concerns that the toxic dump is causing health problems. Local residents suspect chemical waste is to blame for the recent spike in birth defects. (Living On Earth)

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