Oh God, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both great and small. When you send forth your spirit they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. (Psalm 104: 24-25, 30)
The manufacturing and disposal of hazardous materials have both profound and lasting consequences on nearby communities and the earth that is subjected to it. Communities of color and communities disproportionately affected by poverty are more likely to have hazardous waste facilities planned and developed near them. These communities are at greater risk to be negatively impacted by contaminated water, air and food sources. It is unjust for communities of color to be intentionally or unintentionally sought out for the development of hazardous waste disposal sites. All people are entitled to reside in safe and clean living environments and should be full participants in the planning and development of their own communities.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Hazardous Waste, Race and the Environment (207th General Assembly)
National Council of Churches, Environmental Racism: an ecumenical study guide
United Church of Christ, Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty 1987-2007
Environmental Racism - an ecumenical study guide