Smoke billows from one of many chemical plants in the area October 12, 2013.

“Cancer Alley” is an 85 mile-long stretch of the Mississippi river lined with oil refineries and petrochemical plants, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
People living in the area are more than 50 times as likely to get cancer than the average American.
For years, residents have suffered from illnesses, but they’ve been unable to prove a causal connection between industry and the health effects.
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Surrounded by smokestacks, ‘Cancer Alley’ is one of the most polluted places in America.

Here, people don’t need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows. According to ProPublica, they see cancer everywhere.

Its called ‘Cancer Alley,’ because of the high number of people living with cancer in the alley, which runs for about 85 miles along the Mississippi River, from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. It’s made up of a dense concentration of oil refineries and petrochemical plants that run alongside suburbs and vulnerable communities.

Rolling Stone called it the “frontline of environmental racism.”

But while residents think the industry is responsible for health problems, it’s hard to prove a causal link. As environmental reporter Sharon Lerner wrote for The New York Times, …read more

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