Playing It Safe: Assessing Cumulative Impact and Social Vulnerability through an Environmental Justice Screening Method in the South Coast Air Basin, California

This article titled "Playing It Safe: Assessing Cumulative Impact and Social Vulnerability through an Environmental Justice Screening Method in the South Coast Air Basin, California" by James L. Sadd , Manuel Pastor , Rachel Morello-Frosch, Justin Scoggins and Bill Jesdale was just published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

 

 

It describes a cumulative impacts and environmental justice screening method that combines indicators of air pollution risk with measures of social and health vulnerability. The method ranks census tracts in a region using three kinds of data: 1) proximity of hazards to sensitive land uses (e.g., schools and hospitals), 2) air pollution exposure and health risk, and 3) social and health vulnerabilities. Air pollution information for stationary and mobile sources is used to estimate pollution exposures. Ten vulnerability measures are included in the analysis, including: income, percentage of non-white residents, educational attainment, age, and birth outcomes.