IACHR To Hear First US Environmental Racism Case

Law360, New York (April 1, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT) -- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has agreed to examine the environmental racism complaints of a Louisiana town, saying that U.S. courts and federal agencies have not provided a remedy for the toxic pollution inundating the community from 14 nearby chemical plants.

The IACHR decided Wednesday that the primarily African-American population of Mossville, La., would have no reasonable prospect of success in U.S. courts on their claims regarding an alleged disproportionate discriminatory pollution burden, in part because the federal government is largely immune from tort claims...
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