José A. Alvarado Jr.

Photographer
 
Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual imagery... MORE
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for Stat News: ‘A textbook case of environmental racism’: The battle over the Brookhaven Landfill
josé a. alvarado jr.
Jul 6, 2023
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‘A textbook case of environmental racism’: The battle over the Brookhaven Landfill
The area of North Bellport on Long Island sits in the shadows of a massive landfill. This predominantly Black and Latino neighborhood also has the lowest life expectancy on Long Island, as well as the second-highest rates of asthma in Suffolk County. Environmental activists do not think this is a coincidence, and for decades they have waged a battle to shut down the Brookhaven Landfill, which they believe is making their community sick.

Every year, about 720,000 tons of construction and demolition waste and about 350,000 tons of incinerator ash from across Long Island is dumped into the Brookhaven Landfill. It’s a revenue source for the local government, the town of Brookhaven, but a burden to the many people who live with its permeating odor and potentially dangerous health effects. The town of Brookhaven had promised to close the landfill in 2024, but the community is skeptical and is fighting to shut it down now. Some are also demanding remediation for the harm they say it has caused to the people of North Bellport.

Photographed for Stat News, with words by Nicholas StFleur

'A textbook case of environmental racism': The battle over the Brookhaven Landfill
In this episode of "Color Code," we dive into the history of North Bellport and the Brookhaven Landfill on Long Island and explore how environmental pollution can impact health.
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