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Research-based essay Topic: The topic for this essay will be the environmental
Research-based essay Topic: The topic for this essay will be the environmental impact of poverty, focusing on one instance of an environmental catastrophe that had a significant impact on low-income persons and/or persons of color. In the book, What the Eyes Don’t See, the author, Mona Hanna-Attisha details her experience with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and discusses, among other aspects of the problem, how the poverty of the residents of Flint contributed to the situation. In your essay, you will focus on some other environmental crisis that disproportionately affected people living in an area with high rates of poverty. Include in your discussion of this crisis aspects such as the living conditions of the people of the area prior to the onset of the crisis, the specific problem or problems that produced the crisis, the delays in recognizing or admitting the problem due to the economic and/or racial make-up of the people affected, the response of government officials and/or members of the business community to the problem, the health and economic impact of the problem on the people of the area, the attempts to solve or mitigate the problem, the current condition of the affected area and of the residents of that area. Use research to find information to cover the above aspects of the problem you are writing about. You can write about any environmental crisis you are already interested in or come across during the course of conducting research. If you are not familiar with any such crises, some possible examples include The lead contamination water crisis in Washington, D. C. Lead contamination from other sources, such as paints in the homes, particularly of low-income families The general topic of sacrifice zones and specific locations of increased environmental hazards related to locations of transportation hubs, industrial production, and/or sewage treatment plants The release of toxic gases from the Union Carbide Pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, in 1984 The contamination of groundwater in and around Hinkley, California, by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, The Upper Big Branch mine disaster in Raleigh County, West Virginia The Love Canal toxic waste site The explosions at the Phillips 66 Petroleum Company's Houston Chemical Complex in 1989, The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant coal fly ash slurry spill in 2008, The crisis in birth rates and fetal abnormalities among members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, in Ontario, Canada. Detailed instructions: At least three references to information or ideas from What the Eyes Don’t See, by Mona Hanna-Attisha At least five other sources of research; All research documented using MLA format, exactly as it is described in the chapter on MLA papers in A Writer's Reference or in the MLA section of the OWL website (Links to an external site.); All research sources on the Works Cited page included somewhere in your essay, either in the form of quotations or in the form of paraphrases; All sources in your essay cited using the MLA format for In-Text Citations for each citation; All research sources included in essay listed on the Works Cited page at the end of your essay; The Works Cited page correctly following the MLA format; An exact correlation between your In-Text Citations and your Works Cited; that is, every citation made in your essay appearing on your Works Cited page, and every work included on your Works Cited page cited within your essay; Typed and double-spaced, with correct MLA format for the first page and for page numbering throughout the essay; Approximately fifteen hundred words in length or more, about five to six pages double spaced, not including the Works Cited page.

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