Is environmental pollution one of the biggest threats facing minorities and the underprivileged?  Well many environmentalists say yes, but when minority groups themselves were asked that very question, they came to a startlingly different conclusion.  In a survey of some 70 environmental justice groups conducted by the National Center for Public Policy Research, the vast majority said lost jobs and income from unfair environmental regulations, not pollution itself, was their bigger concern.  Indeed, two-thirds said they believe minorities pay the greatest costs for environmental laws that are unevenly applied, and three-quarters said the government should be required to make sure environmental laws don’t have a disproportionate impact. Sounds like environmental injustice is taking on a whole new meaning.

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