Study on landfill locations related to the race of the residents in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Title

Study on landfill locations related to the race of the residents in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Authors

Presenter(s)

Amanda N. Thieneman

Comments

Presentation: 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Course: GEO 450

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Description

Recent studies have shown that landfills are frequently located in low-income areas. A common definition for a landfill is a site for the disposal of waste materials. These waste materials give off chemicals and fumes which are harmful to humans, especially those closer to the landfill site. The health of people is at risk. In other studies, a variety of health conditions have been reported of those living closer to landfill sites suffering more from them than those living further away. These conditions include asthma, cuts, diarrhea, stomach pain, recurring flu, cholera, malaria, cough, skin irritation, and tuberculosis (Njoku et al., 2019). Since other studies have already shown that landfills can lead to health problems, we can make the inference that the people living closest to the landfill sites in Montgomery County are also being affected in this way. This research study is solely focusing on the race of residents in Montgomery County and the locations of the landfills. The purpose of this study is to see if race has a correlation to the location of landfills in Montgomery County. There are two operating landfills in the county and the study looks at the percentage of nonwhite people for those areas. This study is important because if there is an environmental injustice happening then people should be informed. It also can provide the community with valuable information that could influence change and promote advocacy for environmental justice.

Publication Date

4-20-2022

Project Designation

Course Project

Primary Advisor

Chia-Yu Wu

Primary Advisor's Department

Geology

Keywords

Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Life on Land

Study on landfill locations related to the race of the residents in Montgomery County, Ohio.

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