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Summary Report: WAKE County

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  • Distribution of Environmental Burdens in WAKE County

    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY RACE/ETHNICITY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    People of Color 130000  5.00
    Whites 26000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    People of Color 200  1.11
    Whites 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color .0086  0.72
    Whites .012

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color 1.6  3.08
    Whites .52


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY INCOME

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 110000  3.24
    High Income Families 34000

    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 .0068  0.76
    High Income Families .0089

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 1.6  3.33
    High Income Families .48


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 140000  3.78
    Families Above Poverty 37000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 200  1.11
    Families Above Poverty 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty .0049  0.55
    Families Above Poverty .0089

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 1.9  3.73
    Families Above Poverty .51


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY CHILDHOOD POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 150000  4.29
    Kids Above Poverty 35000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 210  1.24
    Kids Above Poverty 170

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty .004  0.57
    Kids Above Poverty .007

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 2  4.35
    Kids Above Poverty .46


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY EDUCATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 100000  2.63
    Highschool Graduates 38000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 180  1.00
    Highschool Graduates 180

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates .0049  0.49
    Highschool Graduates .01

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 1.4  2.19
    Highschool Graduates .64


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY JOB CLASSIFICATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Working Class People 50000  1.47
    Non-Working Class People 34000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Working Class People 180  0.95
    Non-Working Class People 190

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .012  0.92
    Non-Working Class People .013

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .74  1.30
    Non-Working Class People .57


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY HOME OWNERSHIP

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Renters 30000  0.38
    Homeowners 80000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Renters 180  0.86
    Homeowners 210

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .0077  0.39
    Homeowners .02

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .47  0.34
    Homeowners 1.4


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