Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Environmental and Social Impact of Industrial Pollution in a Community

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Environmental and Social Impact of Industrial Pollution in a Community

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Anniston, Alabama had its economic roots (mid 1800s) in the mining and production of iron. Similar foundry, military and chemical-based industries continued to locate in the city as it thrived for the first half of the 20th Century. With the emerging awareness of the environmental and health effects related to solvents, chemicals, factory discharges and airborne pollutants, the community began to wrestle with the importance of a clean environment situated in the midst of economic need. As foundries and industrial sites closed, they leftin their wake decades of toxic wastes.

The Region IV EPA office asked the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) to provide information and technical support to residents of Anniston and to raise awareness and understanding of the local pediatricians about the potential adverse effects of environmental toxins.

A Steering Committee was established, chaired by the Mayor of Anniston and consisting of representatives from a cross-section of the Anniston community - business people, faculty from local colleges, representatives from the community activist group, educators and local physicians. …

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