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Trash incinerators are falling out of favor in cities across the United States, in part because they are a significant source of air pollution. Of the 72 remaining incinerators, the vast majority are located in predominantly low-income communities or communities or color – areas that already tend to see high levels of pollution. In South Baltimore, residents and environmental justice leaders are fighting to “starve” the nearby BRESCO trash incinerator.


Briana Flin produces videos for Nexus Media News, a nonprofit climate change news service. You can follow her @BrianaFlin. This story was produced in partnership with The Guardian. It was made possible by a grant from the Open Society Foundations.