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Summary Report: BUNCOMBE County

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  • Distribution of Environmental Burdens in BUNCOMBE County

    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY RACE/ETHNICITY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    People of Color 140000  0.42
    Whites 330000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    People of Color 300  1.67
    Whites 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color .0017  0.40
    Whites .0043

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color .094  1.08
    Whites .087


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY INCOME

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 210000  0.62
    High Income Families 340000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 220  1.22
    High Income Families 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families .0037  0.90
    High Income Families .0041

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families .067  0.74
    High Income Families .091


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 240000  0.75
    Families Above Poverty 320000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 230  1.28
    Families Above Poverty 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty .0034  0.83
    Families Above Poverty .0041

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty .065  0.73
    Families Above Poverty .089


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY CHILDHOOD POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 260000  0.74
    Kids Above Poverty 350000

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

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty .0028  0.68
    Kids Above Poverty .0041

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty .068  0.82
    Kids Above Poverty .083


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY EDUCATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 220000  0.65
    Highschool Graduates 340000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 200  1.05
    Highschool Graduates 190

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates .0041  1.05
    Highschool Graduates .0039

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates .07  0.71
    Highschool Graduates .099


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY JOB CLASSIFICATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Working Class People 330000  0.97
    Non-Working Class People 340000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Working Class People 190  1.00
    Non-Working Class People 190

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .0044  1.16
    Non-Working Class People .0038

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .083  0.83
    Non-Working Class People .1


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY HOME OWNERSHIP

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Renters 290000  0.97
    Homeowners 300000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Renters 190  0.79
    Homeowners 240

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .0041  1.52
    Homeowners .0027

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .096  0.80
    Homeowners .12


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