Transforming Environmentalism: Warren County, PCBs, and the Origins of Environmental Justice by Eileen McGurtyTransforming Environmentalism: Warren County, PCBs, and the Origins of Environmental Justice by Eileen McGurty

Transforming Environmentalism: Warren County, PCBs, and the Origins of Environmental Justice

byEileen McGurty

Paperback | September 11, 2009

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Transforming Environmentalism explores a moment central to the emergence of the environmental justice movement. In 1978, residents of predominantly African American Warren County, North Carolina, were that the state planned to build a land fill to hold forty thousand cubic yards of soil contaminated with PCBs from illegal dumping. They responded with a four-year resistance, ending in a month of protests with over 500 arrests from civil disobedience and disruptive actions.

Eileen McGurty traces the evolving approaches residents took to contest environmental racism in their community and shows how activism in Warren County spurred greater political debate and became a model for communities across the nation.

Title:Transforming Environmentalism: Warren County, PCBs, and the Origins of Environmental JusticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 11, 2009Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813546788

ISBN - 13:9780813546780

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Table of Contents

1 The Significance of Warren County
2 Regulating Toxic Chemicals, PCBs, and Hazardous Waste
3 The Collective Action Frame of "Not in My Backyard"
4 Constructing Environmental Racism
5 The Environmental Justice Movement
Warren County Revisited
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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"In sharp and penetrating prose, McGurty recounts the central role of Warren County, North Carolina, in the rise of the environmental justice struggle. She lifts the discussion above the class versus race debate and exposes the movement's progression from a fledgling local battle to a national movement that has influenced public policy."
Craig E. Colten, Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography, Louisiana State University