2000 BES Abstracts

An Examination of Toxic Releases and Population Characteristics in Baltimore City: A Case Study in Environmental Equity Research

Christopher Boone

In Baltimore, white, working-class neighborhoods are more likely to be near toxic release sites than primarily black neighborhoods. This holds true using a variety of methods and units of analysis. Of the population characteristics analyzed, race is the most significant, followed by income and education. A long history of residential segregation and varying perceptions of risk over time may explain the proximity of toxic release sites, mostly industrial facilities, to working-class white neighborhoods.