High court dismisses environmental racism case

August 18, 1998
The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a case from Pennsylvania that asked whether private citizens can sue over government agency regulations that allegedly result in racial discrimination.
     Chester, Pa., residents had accused the state of "environmental racism" by placing waste treatment facilities in their mostly black city, and the high court had agreed in June to hear arguments in the case. But the residents asked the justices last month to dismiss the case as moot because a permit for a proposed treatment facility was revoked and the facility will not be built.