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Clean Air Ambassador: Betty Lord-Dinan

To protect Iowans, we need the EPA's health protections to stay in effect. We cannot let these standards get watered or voted down.

As a registered nurse, I have cared for many patients with chronic lung disease and congestive heart failure.

I first became aware of environmental health issues as a young girl because of ailments that affected my father. For example, he fell in the corn crib and was covered with corn during one harvest season. It took 10-15 minutes to dig him out. He lived, but had congestive heart failure and chronic lung problems thereafter. The chaff from the corn and oats at harvest times always affected him and contributed to his health problems. And in the spring, we saw ammonia and chemicals sprayed on fields to kill weeds. We have high cancer rates in pockets of Iowa. If those chemicals kill weeds, what are they doing to Iowans?

In Iowa, confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and coal-fired power plants are major sources of air pollution. School nurses see an increase in asthmatic symptoms in children when they play outside where the air is polluted. When ammonia and chemicals are spread throughout the fields each spring, it affects the air quality and generates chemical run-off into streams and waterways.

To protect Iowans, we need the EPA's health protections to stay in effect. We cannot let these standards get watered or voted down.
 

2013 Clean Air Ambassador

Betty was also a Clean Air Ambassador during the second
50 States United for Healthy Air event, held in May 2013.
Betty's 2013 Ambassador Page »

Ambassador Group Affiliation: 
Iowa Nurses Association
Ambassador Profession: 
Registered Nurse