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Rubbertown Health

Series produced by WFPL News

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Nine features about the health effects of living near the industrial Rubbertown neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky.

The series examines the progress Louisville has made over the past decade in reducing toxic air emissions, and the problems that remain.

The series was produced with the assistance of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism.


9 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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There aren't any perfect solutions for resolving concerns about the effects on industry on nearby residents' health.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 04:22
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Vehicle pollution adds to the air and health concerns experienced by residents near Louisville's Rubbertown.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 04:19
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Residents worry they're still being exposed to the toxic waste buried in the Lees Lane Landfill during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 04:09
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The residents of Riverside Gardens, a place built for Louisville residents to escape urban pollution, now have to contend with chemical plants, a p...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 04:40
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Scientists know the chemical vinyl chloride causes liver cancer because 26 former Rubbertown workers have died from the disease.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 04:38
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Lung and colon cancer rates are higher near Rubbertown than in other comparable neighborhoods, but it's unknown what role the environment plays in ...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 04:05
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Determining where odors in Louisville are coming from--and whether they're dangerous--can be complicated.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
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A profile of a community in Louisville plagued by odors and health concerns.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 03:49
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A look at how Louisville reduced toxic air emissions with a revolutionary program.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 04:34