Toxic Floodwaters Webinar: Environmental Justice and Chemical Disaster
High-risk chemical facilities and other hazardous industrial sites are disproportionately located near communities where Black, Brown, and low-wealth families live, learn, and play. In 2012, floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy submerged some of these facilities, carrying chemicals and heavy metals into people’s homes.
In this webinar, you will learn about a collaborative, stakeholder-led research project to prevent chemical releases during storm surges and flooding in one New York City neighborhood -- and how this community-centered approach can be replicated in other communities throughout the country. You will also hear about the public health risks of exposure to fugitive chemicals, the federal and state laws that determine how hazardous chemicals are stored, and efforts to advocate for climate resilience policies.