East Point neighbors are concerned about the periodic chemical emissions of toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, penta, and creosote from nearby manufacturing plants. At times, the odors cause residents to stay indoors. Some individuals experience dizziness or headaches when breathing these fumes.
Residents came together with Emory HERCULES in November 2018 to share their health concerns, learn about the exposome, and identify a health priority. As a result, a group of residents committed to working together to address industrial pollution in their community.
Residents who came together in Phase 1, now the East Point Environmental Collective, received $1000 to develop an Action Plan to address the community need identified during the Roadshow:
East Point manufacturing facilities and deserted hazardous waste sites release volatile organic chemicals and other hazardous materials into the air, soil, streams, and groundwater in their neighborhoods. This pollution negatively affects their quality of life and may harm their community’s health.