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In the 2011 MIT Press book, Technoscience and Environmental Justice: Expert Cultures in a Grassroots Movement, the Midwest Environmental Justice Organization chronicles its Madison effort to raise local awareness of toxins in locally caught fish and the two-year odyssey to convince public officials to place fish consumption advisory signs at popular shoreline fishing spots.
The story is chronicled in the chapter titled, “Invisible People, Invisible Risks: How Scientific Assessments of Environmental Health Risks Overlook Minorities—and How Community Participation Can Make Them Visible by Maria Powell, PhD and Jim Powell, with Ly V. Xiong, Kazoua Moua, Jody Schmitz, Benito Juarez Olivas, and VamMeej Yang.
Madison Kipp-Corp Pollution: Ignorance is Bliss
Through public agency open records requests, MEJO has been investigating numerous pollution issues regarding Madison-Kipp Corp,, a 110-year-old aluminum and zinc foundry manufacturer located in the Atwood neighborhood in Madison, Wis. Kipp abuts three dozen homes, a community center is next door and an elementary school is a few hundred away, downwind and down plume. This ongoing series is called “Ignorance is Bliss” since we have found an believable trail of pollution information datingback decades.
Madison Fishing Project
Subsistence Fishing in Madison and Environmental Justice 5-5-08
MEJO Questions for Sep 14, 2006 Commission Meeting
Advisories in Context: What Do People Know—and What Do They Want to Know—About Fish Contamination – Maria Powell 8-8-06 MEJO Brochure
Signs Urged For Fish Warnings (front page) – Wisconsin State Journal 8-19-08
Report: Local anglers eating too much fish – Capital Times 7-26-08
Cultural barriers hinder risk communication with minorities – In Common Spring 2008 cover story
Community-based action for environmental justice – Capital City Hues 4-4-07
Starting a dialogue on environmental justice – Capital City Hues 2/21/07
Eating fish is good for you, right? Maybe not – Isthmus 8/4/06 cover story Lake Monona
Monona Bay sediment core sampling (1988)
Monona Bay excerpt – Dane County Water Quality Plan (1992)
Reel Danger: Power Plant Mercury Pollution and the Fish We Eat
Fish Consumption & Environmental Justice
Fishing for Trouble: How Toxic Mercury Contaminates our Waterways and Threatens Recreational Fishing
The Cost of Living – Comic book from the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition