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Dr. John Ray has Paper Accepted for Presentation


Dr. John W. Ray of Montana Tech’s Liberal Studies Department has had a peer reviewed paper entitled: “Environmental Justice: Problems and Promise” accepted for presentation at the 12th Annual International Conference on the Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change to be held this summer at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England.

Worldwide minority and low income people bear a disparate toxics burden from environmental pollution. The environmental justice movement seeks to redress this wrong. Dr. Ray’s paper examines the nature and extent of environmental injustice in the United States and critiques the concept of environmental justice in light of a particular case of Superfund cleanup in Butte, Montana. Is environmental justice being achieved? What are the barriers to achieving environmental justice? How can these barriers be overcome? These questions are addressed in his paper.

While teaching classes in political science and public policy at Montana Tech, Dr. Ray has also been active in environmental issues in Butte and Montana. He is the immediate past president and a current board member of CTEC (Citizens Technical Environmental Committee) in Butte and a past president and board member of MEIC (Montana Environmental Information Center) in Helena as well as being a past board member of the Clark Fork Coalition in Missoula.