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Environmental Justice is a movement that was born in the early 1980s to assure fair distribution of environmental risks and benefits (Bullard 1996). In many occasions, minority communities are more affected by environmentally hazardous substances and activities than other population groups. This normally happens because they either ignore the problem or have less power to have an opinion about it (Cutter 2006). For this research project I used GIS tools to analyze the relationship between toxic release and population distribution by ethnic group in California. Overall, the results show that in California, TRI facilities are disproportionally located near minority group populations, more specifically around Hispanics.

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