Environmental Group Reports on NWI
August 7, 2014 — The Hoosier Environmental Council is releasing a first-of-its kind study on what are being called “environmental injustices” facing northwest Indiana. The report focuses on Gary, East Chicago and Hammond. It is no surprise that the report found the communities have the highest concentration of heavy industrial activity than anywhere else in the state.
The report highlights data revealing that local residents live with some of the nation’s worst air quality, highly contaminated waters, as well as elevated cancer and asthma rates. Co-author and HEC senior attorney Kim Ferraro says many of those surveyed wanted to take action against the environmental threats, but they were unsure who to contact or what to do. And when they did take some action, only one in five reported any success.
The HEC report concluded that the problems are so complex, and the unmet needs so acute, that they can only be addressed by an organization that can give them its full attention.
The full report can be seen on the HEC web site: