There are many cases of environmental injustice taking place in Appalachian Coal Country against the people of Appalachia by the coal industry. This paper looks in depth at one instance of possible environmental injustice; the case of Marsh Fork Elementary School located at the heart of Appalachian Coal Country, West Virginia. At this school students attend class in a building located next to a coal processing plant and coal sludge dam and reservoir. Using the principles explained in Brown v Board of Education, this paper analyzes whether or not the school has met their obligations to the children who attend the school. Focusing on, whether or not having a coal processing plant and coal sludge dam and reservoir next to the school was a violation of the children’s rights set forth in that decision, and was the school district obligated by these principles to give the students a new school, not located next to the coal processing plant and coal sludge dam and reservoir.
|Keywords:||Appalachia, Coal, Education, Environmental Injustice, Environmental Policy|
Student, Political Science, Environmental Science and Policy, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, USA
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