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The authors would like to thank the following Kansas City community members for their contributions: Ivonne Gutierrez, Louise Lynch, Atenas Mena, and Magali Rojas. We also thank CAN interns and community members for their research support, Kansas City physician and environmental health specialist Dr. Elizabeth Friedman for her expertise, and Molly Greenberg of the Moving Forward Network for her review and thoughtful input.

  We also thank the UCS staff members who reviewed, edited, and otherwise helped shape the direction of this report: Allison Cain, Jacob Carter, Dave Cooke, Rachel Cleetus, Cynthia DeRocco, Anita Desikan, Gretchen Goldman, Seth Michaels, Paulina Muratore, Taofik Oladipo, Kathleen Rest, Andrew Rosenberg, Jessica Thomas, Heather Tuttle, and Bryan Wadsworth. Finally, we would like to thank Leslie Brunetta and David Gerratt for their editing and design, respectively.


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As a result of a legacy of systemic racism, communities of color and low-income communities in Kansas City face a greater risk of exposure to environmental hazards. These hazards are associated with myriad negative health outcomes including cancer, respiratory illness, and shorter life expectancy. The Kansas City community is experiencing cumulative exposures to hazardous pollutants from heavy freight and diesel-powered transportation and industrial emissions, and current policies are failing to keep people safe from harm. The local environmental justice movement, however, has been working to address these inequities through the establishment of an air monitoring network that provides real-time, local data that people can use to advocate for science-based protections. Local, state, and federal decisionmakers must take note of industry's environmental impacts throughout the city, engage the community in decision-making, and address systemic environmental justice concerns in Kansas City and across the country.


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