There are 3,119,963 square miles in the continental United States. That sounds like plenty of space to put just about anything. However, when the facility seeking a home is environmentally controversial, finding even one square mile can seem almost impossible.
This country is now in its third major era in making siting decisions. The first era – unconstrained siting – lasted until the late 1960s. Then began the second era – protecting natural areas. In the early 1990s, we embarked upon a third era – environmental justice. The growing tensions between protecting natural areas and achieving environmental justice suggest that we should strive for a fourth era, in which these two important goals are reconciled and allowed to work together.
Civil Rights and Discrimination | Environmental Law | Law | Natural Resources Law
Michael B. Gerrard,
Environmental Justice and Natural Areas Protection Trends & Insight,
Nat. Resources & Env't.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/faculty_scholarship/704