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Cancer Alley campaigner wins Goldman Prize for environmental defenders
by Nina Lakhani

The Guardian    Translate This Article
15 June 2021

On 15 June 2021 The Guardian reported: A retired special education teacher from Louisiana who led a successful grassroots campaign to stop construction of a toxic plastics plant in America's Cancer Alley has won the 2021 Goldman Prize for environmental defenders. ...The proposed $1.25bn Chinese-owned plastics plant would have generated a million pounds (450,000kg) of liquid hazardous waste every year, including hundreds of tonnes of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a carcinogenic chemical that affects respiratory function, as well as carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, and benzene. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... Located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, St James parish sits in what has become known as Cancer Alley -- an 80-mile stretch along the Mississippi River where mostly low-income black communities live and breathe amid 200 or so petrochemical plants, pipelines and oil depots.

... ... Cancer rates in St James parish are 50 times higher than the national average, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which campaigners say is the consequence of decades of environmental racism. ... Lavigne continues opposing new chemical plants including a $9.4bn complex which the Taiwanese firm Formosa Plastics wants to build near her home.

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