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Environmental justice and environmental racism

This is a topic-guide for environmental justice and environmental racism. Inside it you will find brief introductions to the topic, helpful videos, suggested readings, and links to Iowa State University Library resources.

Famous cases

Vieques, Puerto Rico

EPA Superfund site: Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Area. Vieques, PR.

The former Vieques Naval installation is a 23,000-acre facility located on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Residents of the island suffered through 62 years of US military exercises and ordnance testing which had significant detrimental effects on the health and wellness of the residents and the local ecosystem.


Vieques Island of Conflict and Dreams - 25 min documentary produced as part of a Master of Arts degree. The companion thesis is available from the University of North Texas. 

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Megan O'Donnell
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