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In the 07/31/2022 edition:

A Fear of Gentrification Turns Clearing Lead Contamination on Atlanta’s Westside Into a ‘Two-Edged Sword’ for Residents

The EPA says it is working hard to allay communities fears as it works to clean up 2,000 properties on a new Superfund site. But suspicions run deep in a city with a history of displacing Black communities in the name of urban redevelopment.

ATLANTA—Shade’ Jones did not want the Environmental Protection Agency to test for lead contamination in the soil under her rented home in Atlanta’s English Avenue community. To her, the cleanup cuts both ways: it makes the area a healthier place to live, and it invites gentrification that could make it more expensive.



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