A demographic analysis of populations surrounding waste management facilities within Lake County, Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Chandler, Paul M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Klein, Matthew T. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:36:47Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:36:47Z
dc.date.created 1994 en_US
dc.date.issued 1994
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1994 .K54 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/185033
dc.description.abstract Reported research has suggested that poor persons and/or minorities are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards such as incinerators, landfills, pesticides, and poor air quality. One accepted form of an environmental hazard is a waste management facility. This present research examined the variables minority percentage and median household income of the population surrounding each waste management facility under scrutiny within Lake County, Indiana. The two variables were each correlated with distance from the center of each waste management facility (as determined through a geographic information system) to a distance of three kilometers. The materials and methods used in this particular research provided for a more precise analysis of such correlations than has typified most of the earlier studies. Three significant correlations were found. First, the Gary landfill rendered a positive relationship between distance from the center of the site and increased income. Second, the Munster landfill revealed a negative relationship between distance to the center of the site and increased minority percentage of the population. Lastly, the Munster landfill also had a negative relationship between income and distance from the center of the landfill. Data showed that the large proportion of minority households surrounding the Munster landfill earned an income that would easily allow for social mobility. Such social mobility, arguably, allows a household to move away from an environmental hazard. It was concluded that no support for a claim of environmental racism could be found. Further, a call for a re-examination of the definition of environmental racism is made based upon the large number of wealthy minorities residing around the Munster landfill.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
dc.format.extent 60 leaves : col. map ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Waste disposal sites -- Indiana -- Lake County. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Minorities -- Housing. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Waste disposal in the ground. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Demographic anthropology. en_US
dc.subject.other Lake County (Ind.) -- Population. en_US
dc.title A demographic analysis of populations surrounding waste management facilities within Lake County, Indiana en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/897489 en_US

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