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Summary Report: IOWA

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  • Distribution of Environmental Burdens in IOWA

    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY RACE/ETHNICITY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    People of Color 270000  1.35
    Whites 200000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    People of Color 170  1.42
    Whites 120

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color .23  3.38
    Whites .068

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color .8  3.20
    Whites .25


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY INCOME

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 210000  1.05
    High Income Families 200000

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

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families .1  1.75
    High Income Families .057

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families .35  1.59
    High Income Families .22


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 230000  1.15
    Families Above Poverty 200000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 130  1.08
    Families Above Poverty 120

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty .13  2.20
    Families Above Poverty .059

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty .42  1.83
    Families Above Poverty .23


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY CHILDHOOD POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 240000  1.20
    Kids Above Poverty 200000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 130  1.08
    Kids Above Poverty 120

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty .15  2.63
    Kids Above Poverty .057

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty .47  2.14
    Kids Above Poverty .22


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY EDUCATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 220000  1.16
    Highschool Graduates 190000

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

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates .09  1.32
    Highschool Graduates .068

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates .33  1.32
    Highschool Graduates .25


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY JOB CLASSIFICATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Working Class People 200000  1.05
    Non-Working Class People 190000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Working Class People 120  0.92
    Non-Working Class People 130

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .071  1.00
    Non-Working Class People .071

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .26  1.00
    Non-Working Class People .26


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY HOME OWNERSHIP

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Renters 210000  1.00
    Homeowners 210000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Renters 120  0.86
    Homeowners 140

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .067  0.45
    Homeowners .15

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .26  0.52
    Homeowners .5


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