Abstract or Description
This project is a GIS analysis examining the distribution of toxic sites in Alaska, including Superfund sites, Toxics Release Inventory sites, mining waste sites, and Formerly Used Defense Sites, in relation to populated areas. Our goal was to determine whether these hazardous sites are located disproportionately near indigenous communities, whose populations may be particularly vulnerable to toxics due to their subsistence lifestyles. Our statistical analysis found that, in census tracts with at least one identified toxic site, the percentage of the population identifying as Alaska Native is 59% higher than in those census tracts without any toxic sites. Further analysis reveals a strong linear correlation between placement of toxic sites and Native populations, indicating a need to consider race and ethnicity in prioritizing remediation of these sites.
Recommended CitationRussell, Michelle and Braverman, Blair "Distribution of Toxic Sites in Alaska in Relation to Populated Areas," Atlas of Maine: Vol. 2010: No. 2, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/atlas_docs/vol2010/iss2/3