SLOW DISASTER
CASE STUDIES

Environmental Injustice

FALL 2020

These case study reports focus on routine, everyday air and water pollution in California. 

We describe routine pollution as  “slow disaster” because the impacts are drawn out and cumulative, causing harm slowly, increasing rates of asthma, cancer and heart disease. In many ways, slow pollution disasters are more difficult to deal with than fast, explosive disasters because people don’t pay attention to them or even think they are normal – especially in communities of color. Often, communities have to organize and fight to get their concerns about pollution heard and addressed by government officials. Often, particular people play important leadership roles. Sometimes, these people are residents impacted by a polluting facility. Sometimes, leading figures in fights for environmental justice are professionals – physicians who work in the community or engineers who work inside the polluting facilities.  This case study describes many different stakeholders in routine pollution and the actions they have taken -- and not taken -- to improve environmental conditions. 

The report addresses a series of ten questions that draw out local details in a manner that encourages comparison with other places. The research has been done quickly (within the constraints of a quarter-long undergraduate class) so is limited to and points to the need for further research and community engagement. The goal is to help build both a body of research on environmental injustice and a network of researchers ready to help conceptualize and implement next-generation environmental protections. 

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Group 2Ward, Kiara, Christina Arredondo, Darren Tran, Ethan Dinh, Isaac Rodriguez, Ludwig Fiehn, Jacob Ford, Melinda Perez, Junxi Guo, and Celeste Sanchez . 2020. Slow Disaster Case Study: Community. Environmental Injustice, Disaster STS Research Network.

FRESNO COUNTY

Group 3:Everett Cheng, Alexis D’Alessandro, Yahir Leal, Vincent Tran, Samantha Turner, Ashley Sanchez, Rohan Sharma, Timothy Young, Vanessa Zuniga

IMPERIAL COUNTY

Group 11: Lauren Infantino, Casey Painter, Anthony Garcia-Hernandez, Claire Liu, Vincent Carluccio, Brandon Tsung, Kirsten Mae Antonio, Michael Choi, William Bai, Munkhdul Baterdene, Christine Shek

KERN COUNTY

Group 5: Nicolette Cobarrubias, Taylor Diep, Marla Garcia, Giselle Gomez, Madilyn Hughes, Laila Nassim, Shikha Singh, Yuchen Song, Clarense Tahmasian, Marianna Tonoyan, James Paredes and Citlalli Mora

MERCED COUNTY

Group 6: Danial Ali, Luca Brody, Jagger Brooks, Alexander Chappell, Bradford Kong, Jai Maldonado, Mia Marino, Quan Nguyen, Anthony Palanca, Morgan Raynal, Sydnie Shela, Harold Tran

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Group 7: William Jeon, Valery Mak, Kathryn Wu, Disha Patel, Natalie Strasburg, Carlos Martinez, Dominic Bechere, Jay Sun, Naina Manoj, and Jhon Carhuaz

SACRAMENTO COUNTY

Group 8: Anush, Kocharyan; Henry, Lopez; Vanessa, Ngo; David, Meza; Danial, Motamedi; Brenda, Vuong; Joseph, Kmetz; Gerard, Jorgensen; Zhongqi, Zhang

ORANGE COUNTY

Group 12: Alexander Alcala, Angeles Colin, Dingxin Zhou, Ethan Lin, Hanil Park, Jacob Brooks, Jasmine Jovel, Michelle Manku, Sai Muktevi, Yifeng Wang

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Group 1Tran, Jenny, Nick Slayton, Dylan Luu, Matthew Prata, Phoebe Roach, Ralph Kevin Gomez, Eduardo Badillo, Willow Bowers, Madelline Gastelo. 2020. Slow Disaster Case Study: Alameda County. Environmental Injustice, Disaster STS Research Network.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY

Group 13: Tony Liu, Abdiel Rico, Cinthya Lopez, Elizabeth Celada, Daniel Montoya, Derek Ramirez, Bubalo Rachel, Marcos Cervantes, Aalambir Singh

SAN LUIS OBISPO

Group 14: Bani Dhaliwal, Paulina Ngo, Darren Wittry, Yingxi Wen, Reveca Tevalan, Jasmyne Hernandez, Megan Yang, Khayla Hightower, Emelia Archuleta, and Hunter Wetzel

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

Group 15: Ryan Nguyen, Ethan Lee, Faith Berger, Julie Cao, Luis Cueveas, Emily Davis, Katherine Thomas, Marcelo Castaneda, Elijah Pineda, Nolan Mahaney, Aram Alajajian, Michael Gonzalez

TULARE COUNTY

Group 16: Anthony Martinez, Tobey Wong, Criss Azer, Jonathan Vigil, Vincent Ho, Jacqui Pash, Amirlan Erdenedalai

VENTURA COUNTY

Group 17: Taeyoung, Em; Lesli, Morales; Erin, Ganuelas; RaLene, Page; Christopher, Berrios; An, Dang; Ashley, Santos.

YOLO COUNTY

Group 18: Chloe Atallah, Zoie Baeza, Jacob Clayton, Fabian Colin, Darius Friedhof, Vy Nguyen, Patrick Ohlgart, Esmeralda Perez, Hans Puskar, Gio Rodriguez, Medha Sharma, Sylvia Silver, Nicholas Wang, and Ashley Whitaker

MONTEREY COUNTY

Group 20: Anna Liza Vanderhoof, Caleb Smith, Chaz Fazio, Bella Juan, Sayan Banerjee, Jon Yoon, Shou Xing ZhouAnna Liza Vanderhoof, Caleb Smith, Chaz Fazio, Bella Juan, Sayan Banerjee, Jon Yoon, Shou Xing Zhou