2013 Clean Air Ambassador: Julie Weatherington-Rice

Ohio
Clean Air Ambassador | Worthington, oh
Julie Weatherington-Rice, Ph.D.
Affiliation:
Earthjustice
  • The Story
    Behind This Photo

    TO ME, THIS PHOTO MEANS:

    I’m holding a photo of my daughter, who has multiple chemical sensitivities. My family had to completely renovate our home to make it a safe environment for her to live in. Out of doors in Ohio is still a big problem, though. The state is heavy with coal-fired power plants, and the increasing industrialization of eastern Ohio by the oil and gas industry is bringing urban levels of air pollution to rural areas. The destruction of the air we breathe is madness—we need to get sane.

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In the First Person:

Outdoor air quality has always been a problem in Ohio, aided by our coal-fired power plants. Now, we have air pollution from shale gas drilling as well, including all the addition

I am both a scientist and an adjunct assistant professor at the Ohio State University, Dept. of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering. We have construction management and the LEEDs (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program in our department, so indoor air is important as well as outdoor air.

I also have asthma, from very early childhood and my daughter has multiple chemical sensitivities. We have had to completely rebuild our home to make it a safe place for her to live.

Outdoor air quality has always been a problem in Ohio, aided by our coal-fired power plants. Now, we have air pollution from shale gas drilling as well, including all the additional contamination from the truck traffic.

Childhood asthma is on the rise, especially in urban areas. With the industrialization of eastern rural Ohio by the oil and gas industry, we are seeing "urban" air quality impacts to rural landscapes.

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