“In 2014, a coal processing chemical spill in Elk River, W.Va., produced a $151 million settlement between West Virginia American Water and Eastman Chemical. But the settlement didn’t leave the community better or fix underlying environmental injustices, Ali said. Why? Because it failed to build community wealth.
“Spartanburg, S.C., offers a different example. The community leveraged a $20,000 environmental justice grant into a $3 million community investment. They built a 35-acre solar farm on a former brownfield, lowered electricity prices, encouraged disenfranchised residents to seek local office. ‘That is how you build power inside a community,’ Ali said.”
FULL STORY Published April 26, 2018 via Environmental Health News