Toxins, Race and Education in the LAUSD.
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PROBLEM: This study examines the proximity of toxic facilities to elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District in an effort to address questions concerning environmental equity within the district and County. It encompasses an analysis of the Toxic Release Inventory amounts (TRIs) and the ethnic composition of LAUSDs schools and attendance boundaries to examine the relationship between race and the location of toxins. PROCEDURE SOURCES AND RESEARCH METHOD: -Geographical Information Systems Mapping Processes. -Buffer overlay and accumulation. -Environmental Protection Agency Toxic Release Inventory Information. -Chemical Inventory Data. CONCLUSIONS: -The most toxic attendance boundaries within LAUSD are over 90% minority. -The most toxic attendance boundaries include Vernon City, Del Amo, Lorena and Wilmington Elementary Schools. Hispanic children comprise over 80% of the students at these schools. -Attendance districts heavily impacted by toxic facilities are clustered in industrial areas along railroad lines.