EPA Launches West Side Environmental Justice Study

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27:  (L-R) Co-teachers at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 Marisa Wiezel (who is related to the photographer) and Caitlin Kenny give a lesson to their masked students in their classroom on September 27, 2021 in New York City. New York City schools fully reopened earlier this month with all in-person classrooms and mandatory masks on students. The city's mandate ordering all New York City school staff to be vaccinated by midnight today was delayed again after a federal appeals court issued a temporary injunction three days before the mayor's deadline. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A 2020 University of Utah study found Salt Lake County schools located on the west side had persistently higher levels of air pollutants.
  • Residents also fear the construction of a controversial inland port could worsen emissions in the area.
  • The Westside Coalition initially asked for the assessment in 2020.

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