The WTI Incinerator
Since the 1990s, the citizens of East Liverpool, Ohio, has fought against the Waste Technologies Industry, Inc. (WTI) incinerator in their community. Despite over sixteen years of community struggle since the incinerator was first proposed, the facility is now currently operating, pumping hazardous chemicals like mercury and dioxin into the air. It is located about 300 feet from homes and just 1,100 feet from an elementary school. The WTI facility has been intensely criticized not only by those who have it in their backyard, but also by scientists, government officials and activists everywhere.
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Recently, a report from the EPA Office of the Inspector General found that the EPA was falling down on the job when it comes to assesing environmental justice for low-income communities and communities of color. The Inspector General report has created a lot of stir in Washington and has fueled the fire in East Liverpool where most of the community's residents are at or near the poverty level, and the majority of East Liverpool's African American residents live in the immediate vicinity of the WTI incinerator.
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