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The city of Dayton prides itself on the quality of its water. However, contamination at the Behr Plant, which is the former site of Chrysler and now a Superfund site, in Northern Dayton threatens the health of residents in that area. This presentation explores the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of those who live around the site and whether those characteristics help us to un­derstand the level of power and privilege local residents had in the various stages of site contamination. To do this, I draw on socio­logical literature, Facing Project Narratives (a program from the University of Dayton), and local Dayton news articles. Additionally, I will compare past and present northeastern Dayton neighborhoods affected by the contamination and I will observe if any policies have been passed to avoid such catastrophes in the future.

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Danielle C. Rhubart

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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


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How Poverty Affects the Management of a Water Contamination Crisis in the City of Dayton

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