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My father's memory is still my inspiration for fighting for clean air. When I drive around Iowa and see tank after tank of anhydrous ammonia in the fields that will be sprayed on Iowa soil, I catch my breath as the fumes enter my car, and I know that while it kills weeds, it also affects Iowa's clean air. Just as my father gasped for air after he was pulled out of a corn bin so many years ago, farmers and Iowans may now be affected by the chemicals we put on our fields, by the pollution in the air from our factories and by the smell and runoff from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Now we are also being challenged with the possibility of hydraulic fracturing—fracking—in our scenic Alamakee County here in northeast Iowa.

As a registered nurse, I will continue to advocate for clean air, clean water and the importance of these resources to the everyday health of Iowans. I have presented Iowa Nurses Association with two environmental health related resolutions that will help to educate nurses on environmental health issues and encourage more nurses to lobby on bills that can promote clean air, clean water and issues that can protect our environment.

Clean Air Ambassador | Elkader, Iowa

Elizabeth Lord-Dinan

I was a Clean Air Ambassador in 2011 and felt the experience was worthwhile and effective. Since then, I have continued to participate in being a clean air advocate here in Iowa.

As a farmer's daughter, I saw my father suffer health problems from being buried in the corn bin. He lived, but had chronic obstructive lung disease and heart problems thereafter.

I believe all the chemicals that are used in the fields are causing health problems, respiratory problems, and possibly even cancer in Iowans.

As a registered nurse, I am committed to sharing these observations with other nurses and groups that are concerned about how the environment affects our health. I will be advocating with the legislators in Washington, D.C., as I have statewide and locally here in Iowa.

I have worked with the American Nurses Association’s task force on environmental health, spoke at conventions about environmental health issues, and lobbied my state legislature on behalf of the Iowa Nurses Association. I believe all these experiences will help me to voice my concerns with the legislators in Washington, D.C.

As a farmer's daughter, I saw my father suffer health problems from being buried in the corn bin. He lived, but had chronic obstructive lung disease and heart problems thereafter.

50 States United For Healthy Air

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.

The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.

Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.