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Summary Report: WORCESTER County

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  • Distribution of Environmental Burdens in WORCESTER County

    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY RACE/ETHNICITY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    People of Color 33000  1.43
    Whites 23000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    People of Color 250  1.39
    Whites 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color .013  1.41
    Whites .0092

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color 4.7  2.76
    Whites 1.7


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY INCOME

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 25000  1.14
    High Income Families 22000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 230  1.28
    High Income Families 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families .0041  0.44
    High Income Families .0093

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 3.1  2.21
    High Income Families 1.4


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 28000  1.27
    Families Above Poverty 22000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 240  1.33
    Families Above Poverty 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty .0038  0.42
    Families Above Poverty .009

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 3.7  2.64
    Families Above Poverty 1.4


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY CHILDHOOD POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 29000  1.26
    Kids Above Poverty 23000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 250  1.39
    Kids Above Poverty 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty .004  0.40
    Kids Above Poverty .01

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 4  2.86
    Kids Above Poverty 1.4


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY EDUCATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 24000  1.04
    Highschool Graduates 23000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 210  1.17
    Highschool Graduates 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates .0045  0.41
    Highschool Graduates .011

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 2.4  1.60
    Highschool Graduates 1.5


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY JOB CLASSIFICATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Working Class People 24000  1.04
    Non-Working Class People 23000

    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 .0077  0.70
    Non-Working Class People .011

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People 1.9  1.36
    Non-Working Class People 1.4


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY HOME OWNERSHIP

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Renters 22000  0.85
    Homeowners 26000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Renters 160  0.70
    Homeowners 230

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .0082  0.82
    Homeowners .01

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .82  0.26
    Homeowners 3.1


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