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Given that the scenery in Washington State is stunning, it’s not surprising how strong environmentalism and the spirit of outdoor adventure are here. But despite these values, air pollution is still a major problem. We can tackle these problems, bring healthy air to impacted communities, and keep the beauty of our great state intact.

Clean Air Ambassador | Seattle, Washington

Tracy Bier

As to my organization—Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility—we are located in the western part of our state.

Despite our stunning scenery and a strong ethic of environmentalism and outdoor-ism, our level of air pollution from diesel particulate matter is very high.

Then there is a significant threat to our air quality from a well-funded effort by global corporations to triple the number of trains traveling through our state. The uncovered trains are to contain coal.

In the middle of our state, at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, research shows radioactive emissions (past and present) increasing the risk of life threatening diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, especially for women.

As an individual, from being at the Environmental Protection Agency before WPSR, I received an award for organizing an Environmental Justice program when I worked closely with several staff from EPA's Air Quality Division.

I live close to South Seattle which has the highest levels of diesel particulate matter of anywhere in the state; which also happens to be identified as an environmental justice community.

Despite our stunning scenery and a strong ethic of environmentalism and outdoor-ism, our level of air pollution from diesel particulate matter is very high.

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.