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Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631592

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631592.001.0001

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The Activist and the Ordinance

The Activist and the Ordinance

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All the Agents and Saints

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

University of North Carolina Press

Soon after losing her sister to breast cancer at age 42, activist Suzie Canales discovered that their childhood neighborhood in Corpus Christi, Texas, was adjacent to two oil waste dumps later used as municipal garbage landfills. When she further learned that this area had been designated “reserved for Mexicans” in the 1940s by city officials, she formed Citizens for Environmental Justice, which rallies on behalf of fenceline communities along the city’s waste dumps and refineries. In this chapter, the author visits these communities (which border Citgo, Valero, Flint Hills, and a crumbling ASARCO/Encycle site) and records accounts of the environmental racism experienced by the residents who live among these Superfund sites. Ultimately, Canales takes EPA chief Lisa Jackson to task at the 2010 White House Forum on Environmental Justice in Washington, DC.

Keywords:   Corpus Christi, Texas, environmental justice, Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, fenceline Communities, White House Forum on Environmental Justice, ASARCO/Encycle, Citgo, Suzie Canales, superfund sites

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