African Americans, LULUs, and Free Informed Consent

Kristin Shrader‐Frechette

in Environmental Justice

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152036
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833665 | DOI:

Series: Environmental Ethics and Science Policy Series

 African Americans, LULUs, and Free Informed Consent

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Using case studies focusing on energy development in Louisiana, the chapter analyzes the concepts of equality and free informed consent in order to show how African‐Americans are typically victims of environmental injustice. In one chapter example, blacks were victimized by a multinational corporation seeking to build a production facility for nuclear energy. Carefully assessing the scientific and ethical flaws in the arguments for siting such facilities in poor and minority neighborhoods, the chapter focuses on the first major U.S. environmental‐justice victory, in Louisiana, in which the author and her students played a role. By assessing scientific and ethical flaws in the Louisiana environmental impact statements, they were able to protect affected minorities and stop the facility.

Keywords: African‐Americans; blacks; citizenship; environmental injustice; environmental impact statement; equality; informed consent; justice; nuclear energy; responsibility; risk

Chapter.  11088 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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