Superfund Cleanups and Infant Health
Michael Greenstone and
Working Papers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
We are the first to examine the effect of Superfund cleanups on infant health rather than focusing on proximity to a site. We study singleton births to mothers residing within 5km of a Superfund site between 1989-2003 in five large states. Our “difference in differences” approach compares birth outcomes before and after a site clean-up for mothers who live within 2,000 meters of the site and those who live between 2,000- 5,000 meters of a site. We find that proximity to a Superfund site before cleanup is associated with a 20 to 25% increase in the risk of congenital anomalies.
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Journal Article: Superfund Cleanups and Infant Health (2011)
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