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Summary Report: BERKSHIRE County

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  • Distribution of Environmental Burdens in BERKSHIRE County

    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY RACE/ETHNICITY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    People of Color 16000  0.57
    Whites 28000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    People of Color 360  1.29
    Whites 280

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color .38  1.90
    Whites .2

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color 1.4  1.75
    Whites .8


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY INCOME

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 35000  1.25
    High Income Families 28000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 350  1.30
    High Income Families 270

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families .36  2.12
    High Income Families .17

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 1.4  2.03
    High Income Families .69


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 33000  1.14
    Families Above Poverty 29000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 380  1.36
    Families Above Poverty 280

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty .45  2.50
    Families Above Poverty .18

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 1.7  2.36
    Families Above Poverty .72


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY CHILDHOOD POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 33000  1.22
    Kids Above Poverty 27000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 400  1.48
    Kids Above Poverty 270

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty .51  2.83
    Kids Above Poverty .18

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 1.8  2.54
    Kids Above Poverty .71


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY EDUCATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 40000  1.54
    Highschool Graduates 26000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 320  1.14
    Highschool Graduates 280

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates .27  1.42
    Highschool Graduates .19

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 1.2  1.62
    Highschool Graduates .74


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY JOB CLASSIFICATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Working Class People 30000  1.43
    Non-Working Class People 21000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Working Class People 290  1.12
    Non-Working Class People 260

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .21  1.40
    Non-Working Class People .15

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .84  1.40
    Non-Working Class People .6


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY HOME OWNERSHIP

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Renters 28000  0.82
    Homeowners 34000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Renters 260  0.67
    Homeowners 390

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .12  0.26
    Homeowners .46

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .52  0.31
    Homeowners 1.7


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