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People of color are more likely to be exposed to nearly every source of the most hazardous type of air pollution in the U.S. – regardless of how much money they make or where they live, according to a new study.
The research built on previous studies that have long shown that people of color are disproportionately exposed to air pollution. But the new analysis illustrates the vast number of sources that pollution comes from and how pervasive the disparity is, lead author Chris Tessum, an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, told weather.com in an interview Thursday.
The study, published this week in the journal Science Advances, analyzed data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Emissions Inventory, which includes more than 5,000 types of emission sources that contribute to fine particle air pollution. Those sources range from industry to coal to vehicles to agriculture.