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Patterns of Pollution
A Report on Demographics and Pollution in Metro Atlanta
Learn about the Patterns of Pollution in metro Atlanta. The report analyzes publicly available information to identify eight types of air, water, and land pollution and compares this pollution information with demographic data on people living in the 14-county region.

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The Patterns of Pollution report identifies 5 pollution hotspots in the metro Atlanta area.  The mapping portion of the project also includes an interactive Donate todaymap that allows you to find pollution points near where you live in metro Atlanta. 

Simply click the link below, enter an address in the the 14-county metro Atlanta area, and pull up a report of sources of pollution near that address.

View the Interactive Map

Key findings from the report:
  • Minority rates rise with the number of nearby pollution sources. Areas with a minority population 50 percent or higher have more than double the number of pollution sources than areas where minorities make up less than 10 percent of the population.
  • Households in which English is not the primary language, designated as “linguistic isolation” by the U.S. Census Bureau, are more than twice as likely to live in a high pollution area.
  • Areas with linguistic isolation rates over 20 percent have more than three times as many pollution sources in close proximity on average as blocks where less than 5 percent of households are linguistically isolated.
  • Areas with poverty levels above 20 percent contain on average almost six pollution sources, compared to areas with  poverty rates under 5 percent that have only two.
  • Areas with vacant housing rates above 15 percent have three times as many pollution sources as areas with rates below 5 percent.

Download the full report by clicking the button below. 

Download the full report.

Coming soon....The report and supporting materials will be made available in additional languages.  For more information contact, MaKara Rumley (404-659-0831).

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Examples have shown time and time again that low income and communities of color continue to suffer disproportionate impacts from dirty energy choices here in the Southeast. A new report titled Patterns of Pollution released by GreenLaw appears to confirm this trend. This report identifies eight types of air, water, and land pollution and compares them with demographic data for people living in a 14-county region in metro-Atlanta. To no surprise, research continues to find that low income and communities of color are more likely to live near and be disproportionately impacted by pollution than others.

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MaKara Rumley
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