Glynn County does not consider minority neighborhoods when planning and
approving land uses that will result in air pollution. Under the Civil
Rights Act, polluting industries cannot be clustered into minority
neighborhoods, which is happening. Both the Georgia Environmental
Protection Division and Glynn County appear to be failing to uphold their
obligations under the Civil Rights Act.
Issuing the Sholan Asphalt Plant an air permit to pollute would
disproportionally impact minority populations in violation of the Civil
rights Act of 1964. Over 50% of the people living in the area around the
proposed plant are black, compared to 37.3% state-wide, and 31% in Glynn
County. Furthermore, over one-half of all persons receiving public
assistance in Glynn County live within the area that would be affected by
the Sholan Asphalt Plant.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides guiding principles
for governmental operations and policies in minority communities. Issuing
an air permit to pollute to the Sholan Asphalt plant would be in violation
of the EPA’s “Fair Treatment Policy”.
means that no group of people should bear a disproportional share of the
negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental
and commercial operations or policies."
Until Glynn County takes schools and minority neighborhoods into
consideration during the land use planning and approval process, we will be
destined to continue placing pollution next to schools, and clustering
polluting activities in minority neighborhoods.