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Coal is dirty at every single stage of its life cycle—from the mining to the transporting (and exporting) and from the burning to the waste disposal. Come on America—it’s time to get clean!

Clean Air Ambassador | Seward, Alaska

Russell Maddox

Ever since my home was illegally contaminated in 2001, I have been advocating for other innocent victims of chemical trespass across Alaska in a volunteer capacity.

As a part of the Sierra Club Council of Club Leaders Executive Committee, Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance Advocacy Director, and Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Advisory Board, I have been working on coal issues ever since a coal-fired power plant was proposed in my community in '04, and on coal ash and power plant emission issues in interior Alaska ever since the TVA tragedy in '08.

With my hometown in Alaska being the only operating coal export facility on the west coast of the United States, I have been working diligently to help the great Northwest avoid a similar fate.

With my hometown in Alaska being the only operating coal export facility on the west coast of the United States, I have been working diligently to help the great Northwest avoid a I have been working diligently to help the great Northwest avoid a similar fate.

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.