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Environmental Law

University of Cincinnati College of Law

2001

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Proving An Environmental Justice Case: Determining An Appropriate Comparison Population, Bradford Mank Jan 2001

Proving An Environmental Justice Case: Determining An Appropriate Comparison Population, Bradford Mank

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In proving a case of adverse disparate impact discrimination under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a plaintiff in its prima facie case must show a significant disparity between an affected population and an appropriate comparison population. Both government agencies and commentators have neglected to address the crucial issue of how to elect and define a comparison population. Title VI cases often look to Title VII cases for guidance. Title VII cases require that a comparison population should be similarly situated to the affected population. In 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency ("the EPA" or "the Agency") issued draft ...