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Summary Report: SONOMA County

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  • Distribution of Environmental Burdens in SONOMA County

    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY RACE/ETHNICITY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    People of Color 1000  0.62
    Whites 1600

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    People of Color 190  1.06
    Whites 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color .042  0.98
    Whites .043

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color 8.4  1.38
    Whites 6.1


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY INCOME

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 2100  1.62
    High Income Families 1300

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 190  1.06
    High Income Families 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families .02  0.43
    High Income Families .047

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 7.7  1.33
    High Income Families 5.8


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 2500  1.92
    Families Above Poverty 1300

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 190  1.06
    Families Above Poverty 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty .014  0.30
    Families Above Poverty .046

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 8.3  1.41
    Families Above Poverty 5.9


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY CHILDHOOD POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 2600  2.17
    Kids Above Poverty 1200

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 190  1.00
    Kids Above Poverty 190

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty .016  0.33
    Kids Above Poverty .049

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 8.9  1.41
    Kids Above Poverty 6.3


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY EDUCATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 1400  0.88
    Highschool Graduates 1600

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 190  1.06
    Highschool Graduates 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates .028  0.65
    Highschool Graduates .043

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 7.2  1.20
    Highschool Graduates 6


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY JOB CLASSIFICATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Working Class People 1500  0.94
    Non-Working Class People 1600

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Working Class People 190  1.06
    Non-Working Class People 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .048  1.00
    Non-Working Class People .048

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People 7  1.23
    Non-Working Class People 5.7


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY HOME OWNERSHIP

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Renters 1600  1.07
    Homeowners 1500

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Renters 180  0.90
    Homeowners 200

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .052  2.00
    Homeowners .026

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters 5.4  0.57
    Homeowners 9.4


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