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The Four Failures Of The Political Economy, Joseph P. Tomain Jan 1992

The Four Failures Of The Political Economy, Joseph P. Tomain

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A contemporary policy analyst accustomed to the ways of the micro economic model might admit that the effects of certain types of environmental regulation, (the placement of hazardous waste facilities, for example) might disproportionately impact the poor because it is economically prudent to locate facilities where land is the cheapest. The harsh reality of this strategy is that poor people are more likely to live in poorer sections of the country; thus, the likelihood of being closer to such a facility is higher than that of the general populace. Thus, under this hypothesis, environmental equity is classbased and dictated by ...


Preventing Bhopal: "Dead Zones" And Toxic Death Risk Index Taxes, Bradford Mank Jan 1992

Preventing Bhopal: "Dead Zones" And Toxic Death Risk Index Taxes, Bradford Mank

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On December 5, 1984, a pesticide manufacturing plant leaked highly toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) and the resulting cloud of gas killed over 2,000 people and injured more than 200,000 others living in the shantytowns of Bhopal, India. While no toxic accident in the United States has approached the magnitude of Bhopal, a 1988 United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study found that 11,048 accidental releases of extremely hazardous substances occurred between 1982 and 1986. These accidents caused 309 deaths, 11,341 injuries and the evacuation of 464,677 people from homes and jobs. The EPA estimated that ...