CIEL Supports the UN's Statement Denouncing Environmental Racism in Cancer Alley, and Calling for an End to Petrochemical Expansion
Originally published on Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, human rights experts appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council released a statement raising “serious concerns” about further industrialization of Cancer Alley in Louisiana, saying that the “development of petrochemical complexes is a form of environmental racism.” The statement comes after years of campaigning by Louisiana residents and the submission of a letter led by Loyola law students to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance late last year.
The following is a statement from Jane Patton, Senior Campaigner at the Center for International Environmental Law:
“Today’s statement affirms what those of us living and working in Louisiana have known for decades: the corporate polluters that have created Cancer Alley trample on a wide range of human rights, from the right to clean air to the rights to water, life, and non-discrimination. Through lax regulations and policies that favor corporations over people, the federal and local governments have allowed these harms not only to continue but to increase over time, magnifying the cumulative toxic impact. One of the largest petrochemical expansions planned in the area is led by a serial violator of environmental, health, and safety rules—Formosa Plastics Group.
The Alliance supports CIEL's message and the UN's statement. We stand united in the fight against the Formosa Plastics mega-complex in St. James and decry Formosa Plastics perpetuation of environmental racism.
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