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Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ reeling in the time of Covid

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Reserve (United States) (AFP) – Silos, smokestacks and brown pools of water line the banks of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, where scores of refineries and petrochemical plants have metastasized over a few decades. Welcome to “Cancer Alley.” Industrial pollution on this ribbon of land between New Orleans and Baton Rouge puts the mostly African-American residents at nearly 50 times the risk of developing cancer than the national average, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For years activists, who gave the 87-mile (140-kilometer) stretch its sinister nickname, have b…

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