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Summary Report: MERCER County

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  • Distribution of Environmental Burdens in MERCER County

    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY RACE/ETHNICITY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    People of Color 53000  0.74
    Whites 72000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    People of Color 130  1.08
    Whites 120

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color .52  1.73
    Whites .3


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY INCOME

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 78000  1.15
    High Income Families 68000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 120  1.00
    High Income Families 120

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families .21  0.58
    High Income Families .36


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 79000  1.14
    Families Above Poverty 69000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 120  1.00
    Families Above Poverty 120

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty .19  0.56
    Families Above Poverty .34


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY CHILDHOOD POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 83000  1.11
    Kids Above Poverty 75000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 120  1.00
    Kids Above Poverty 120

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty .19  0.63
    Kids Above Poverty .3


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY EDUCATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 73000  1.12
    Highschool Graduates 65000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 120  1.00
    Highschool Graduates 120

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates .25  0.62
    Highschool Graduates .4


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY JOB CLASSIFICATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Working Class People 77000  1.64
    Non-Working Class People 47000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Working Class People 120  1.00
    Non-Working Class People 120

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .32  0.71
    Non-Working Class People .45


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY HOME OWNERSHIP

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Renters 52000  1.24
    Homeowners 42000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Renters 120  0.92
    Homeowners 130

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .45  1.10
    Homeowners .41


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