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Tools for Combating Environmental Injustice in the 'Hood

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968

By Ralph Santiago Abascal

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which was specifically designed to promote "fair housing" throughout the United States, can be read to prohibit discriminatory siting of locally undesirable land uses that deny people of color access to environmentally safe housing and worsen the quality of neighborhoods suffering from the impact of racial discrimination.

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