This is a picture of my mom holding a picture of my sister. It also shows a truck passing in front of our house on its way back to the AES power plant. There were two things my mom wanted most. One was for me to talk to [Administrator] Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency and the other was to have ABC News do a story on our community. Both became a reality, but my mother passed before either happened. When she was dying, I promised my mom I would not give up our fight against coal ash until we won. We’re still fighting for what’s right, and we aim to win.
Clean Air Ambassador | Bokoshe, Oklahoma
The Declaration of Independence declares that all men have the inalienable right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." To ensure our right to life, we need clean air to breathe without the poisonous and polluting substances in coal combustion waste.
When my mother was dying, she made me promise to finish our coal combustion waste fight. Two things she wanted more than anything was for me to talk to [then-EPA Administrator] Lisa Jackson at the EPA and for ABC News to do a story on our town Bokoshe, OK. She died a few months before both happened. But the important thing is that did happen—I stood up for what both she and I believed in. I made sure our voices were heard.
Congress and the EPA need to declare coal combustion waste hazardous and federally control its disposal. The situation in Bokoshe has not changed. More people are sick and dying everyday. It’s time my congressman stood up for the people, not just the industry in his state. It's time all of our representatives nationwide stood up for us and not the coal companies that are making us sick.
Many parts of Oklahoma are economically depressed and the people in those areas, like my mother, need their voices heard too. It is an honor to come and help make that happen.
It’s time my congressman stood up for the people, not just the industry in his state. It's time all of our representatives nationwide stood up for us and not the coal companies that are making us sick.
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.