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Local news draws on Shi Institute report

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Last updated July 5, 2024

By Tina Underwood

Furman University Shi Institute Fellow and sustainability science alumna Lydia Stubbs ’22 used two land remediation sites in Greenville, South Carolina, as the basis for a report on environmental injustice. Her study was cited in a Greenville News article by Sarah Swetlik. The article was published following a meeting in which community members heard a proposal for cleanup of a former manufactured gas facility site in Greenville’s Newtown where coal tar was discovered under wetlands in the 1990s.

Stubbs compared the median income per household and demographic makeup for the Newtown/Bramlett Road site in a historically Black neighborhood and a site on East Broad Street that underwent cleanup and is now home to luxury apartments. Some groups said the disparity in the treatment of the two sites constituted environmental injustice, while others said the sites are difficult to compare due to the degree and types of contamination found at the locations.

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