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Corporate Environmental Risk Communication: Cases and Practices Along the Texas Gulf Coast: Robert L. Hea

EVEN when they do not work for chemical plants or enjoy their contributionto local tax bases, millions of people benefit from such plants becausetheir products enhance the quality of life. On the other hand, environmental quality and health risks posed by exposure to toxic materials or hazardous processes are everyone's problems. Toxic materials released into the air, water, and soil may affect health. Each year, tons of emissions enter the air and harm the aesthetics of the environment. Recent charges have been voiced that the siting and policing of chemical facilities and waste storage or disposal operations are more likely to affect low-income neighborhoods, whose populations use the terms environmental racism and environmental equity in their indictments of regulatory practices.