The Homer City coal-fired power plant, located where I live in southwestern Pennsylvania, was one of the 10 worst polluting power plants for carcinogenic heavy metals and corrosive acid gas emissions in 2011.
Local asthma prevalence in elementary schoolchildren was reported at almost twice the national average. This is unacceptable! Our children should not have to sacrifice their heal
As a practicing nurse of 15 years, I have worked in both urban and rural emergency departments, providing care to patients with asthma, lung and cardiac disease. In that type of healthcare setting, we were primarily concerned with treating immediate symptoms, and I am sad to admit that I rarely thought about the environmental conditions that may have contributed to the disease or illness. In my 40’s, after obtaining a degree in geology, I gained a much greater understanding of how health is affected by pollution.
In particular, I became concerned about the air quality where I live, in southwestern Pennsylvania. This area has four coal-fired power plants, three of which are out of compliance with regulations. Local asthma prevalence in elementary schoolchildren was reported at almost twice the national average. This is unacceptable!
Our children should not have to sacrifice their health for our energy needs. The Clean Air Act must continue to be upheld and strengthened.