Consider this curiosity of United States environmental policy:
Countless federal laws have been written to preserve far-flung wilderness that Americans rarely visit (the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for instance) and endangered species that we scarcely see (from longhorn fairy shrimp to piping plovers).
Yet no legislation has been tailored to protect a landscape that is perhaps the most vulnerable: the low-income communities that shelter most of America’s polluting facilities.
Environmental-justice advocates take pains to assert that they are neither antidevelopment nor anti-industry.
But are environmental-justice goals always compatible with economic growth?