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Phil Brown, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Stephen Zavestoski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270206

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270206.001.0001

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Environmental Justice and the Precautionary Principle

Environmental Justice and the Precautionary Principle

Air Toxics Exposures and Health Risks among Schoolchildren in Los Angeles

(p.64) 5 Environmental Justice and the Precautionary Principle
Contested Illnesses

Rachel Morello-Frosch

Manuel Pastor

James Sadd

University of California Press

This chapter discusses a scientific analysis conducted by the Southern California Environmental Justice Collaborative. This community-based participatory research project, focusing on environmental health in Los Angeles schools, used secondary data analysis to answer scientific questions that informed policy advocacy and the organizing strategies of community partners. The chapter also presents quantitative results from the analysis on environmental inequality in exposure to ambient-air toxics and associated health risks among schoolchildren. It examines the implications of this work for regional and state policy, and the possibility of better application of the precautionary principle to issues of environmental justice. Integrating environmental justice and the precautionary principle is essential to protect vulnerable populations and eliminate persistent racial and class-based disparities in environmental hazard exposures and health outcomes.

Keywords:   California Environmental Justice Collaborative, environmental health, Los Angeles schoolchildren, environmental inequality, air toxics exposure, precautionary principle, environmental justice

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