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  Defending and Advancing the Human Right to a Healthy Environment
Protecting the Human Right to Return with Dignity & Justice After Hurricane Katrina

Defending and Advancing the Human Right to a Healthy Environment
•Human Rights Abuses Against Communities of Color & the Poor
•US Environmental Law vs. Environmental Human Rights Standards
•Human Rights Reform of the US Environmental Protection System
•Healthy Environment Bill of Rights

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Human Rights Abuses Against Communitites of Color & the Poor

U.S. Environmental Protection = Environmental Racism

The Right to Life

The United States government fails to protect the human right to life when it permits a hazardous industrial facility, or clusters of such facilities, to operate in close proximity to residential areas where people will die in the event of a catastrophic explosion, fire, or toxic spill at any one facility.

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The Right to Health

By permitting the release of massive quantities of toxic chemicals from industrial facilities, the United States government fails to protect the human right to health of nearby residents who inhale, ingest, and otherwise come into contact with these chemicals on a daily basis.

Air and water pollution permits are issued by environmental agencies on the “presumption” that human health is protected by pollution control devices already in use by an industrial sector.

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The Right to Racial Equality

Although the United States government has acknowledged the pattern of governmental decision-making that subjects people of color to racially discriminatory pollution burdens, it has not taken appropriate action to protect the human right to racial equality and non-discrimination.

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The Right to Privacy/
Security of the Home

The human right to privacy, as it relates to the security of the home, is violated by the governmental approval of hazardous facility operations that relentlessly bombard nearby homes with toxic fumes and unbearable noises.

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Advocates for Environmental Human Rights

832 Topaz Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124-3628
Tel. 504.799.3060
Fax 504.799.3061

Campaign & Policy Office:
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 412
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. 202-775-0055
Fax 202-293-7110

Monique Harden
Co-Director & Attorney
mharden@ehumanrights.org

Nathalie Walker
Co-Director & Attorney
nwalker@ehumanrights.org

Michele Roberts
Campaign & Policy Coordinator
mroberts@ehumanrights.org