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Alex Allred
Midlothian, Texas

"I cannot express how little concern is given to the health and welfare of children or any residents of Midlothian..."

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Sarah Rawson, RN
Vancouver, Washington

"Cutting funding to the EPA will only save money today. Tomorrow that money will be spent on medical care for those who now have asthma and those who will develop asthma..."

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Emily Enderle
Washington, District of Columbia

"We grew up playing sports together in our small town of Covington, OH and my sister's inhaler was a constant companion..."

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Harry Wang, MD
Sacramento, California

"We deserve clean air for all our citizens to breathe, especially our children, seniors, and those with chronic health issues..."

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Margaret Kitchell, MD
Seattle, Washington

"I love the beauty of this part of the world, and want to preserve it, as well as the health of the people who live here..."

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Kate Etherington
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"As a pregnant woman, I am deeply concerned about the air I breathe for my developing baby and her future health..."

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Alan Lockwood, MD
Buffalo, New York

"As the long-time Co-Chair of the Physicians for Social Responsibility Environment and Health Committee, I have become increasingly aware of the hazards posed by air pollution..."

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Ruth McDermott-Levy, PHD, RN
Berwyn, Pennsylvania

"The poor frequently have the greatest environmental burden related to air quality as they often live in industrialized areas that bring increased asthma risks..."

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William Anderson
Moapa, Nevada

"When the winds blow, a white powder from the fly ash ponds drifts towards homes on the reservation..."

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Martin Donohoe
Lake Oswego, Oregon

"I am disheartened by Oregon's level of industrial air pollution, which includes our continued reliance on coal..."

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Nicole Poepping
Providence, Rhode Island

"When I asked groups I was working with if they had asthma, nearly half the room would raise their hands..."

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Chaunnel "Pake" Salmon
Makaha, Hawaii

"Seeing my nephew suffer through cancer broke my heart but activated me to help educate and empower my community..."

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Duron Chavis
Richmond, Virginia

"Regardless of one's socio-economic background, it is a fundamental human right to not be detrimentally affected by poor water and air quality..."

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Marc Fleisher
Moscow, Idaho

"I would like to see an attitude on the part of our elected officials that recognizes that public health is at least as important as the indiscriminate use of agricultural burning..."

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Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH
Hartford, Connecticut

"She said "it's not unusual for a third of inner-city children to have asthma," implying that there is a double-standard for asthma in suburban children and inner-city children..."

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Betty Lord-Dinan
Elkader, Iowa

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

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Maura Flynn
Maynard, Massachusetts

"No one should be exposed to toxic air simply because polluters do not want to pay to clean up their acts..."

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Ian Viteri
Chicago, Illinois

"It wasn't until I was older that I learned about the pollution coming from the local coal-fired power plants and how it affects us..."

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Lakeesha Eure
Newark, New Jersey

"Air pollution takes a significant toll on human health in New Jersey every year, shortening thousands of lives and sending thousands of people to hospitals..."

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Richard Mabion
Kansas City, Kansas

"Every American should have access to the information that affects their health and well-being. Everyone deserves that kind of respect..."

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Jennifer Swearingen
Bozeman, Montana

"Because our valley experiences inversions on an almost daily basis, emissions from the nearby cement plant can build up to very unhealthy levels..."

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Kimberly Hill
Detroit, Michigan

"Clean air is a natural right that should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of race or class..."

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Kathleen Craig, RN
Thetford Center, Vermont

"I am concerned that corporate entities are permitted to extract riches from the earth without concern for consequences..."

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Sarah Bucic, MSN, RN
Delaware City, Delaware

"I have found that heavy industry doesn't just happen, it seems to occur in areas where there is less perceived resistance..."

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Chandran Achutan, PhD
Omaha, Nebraska

"I would like to see community and occupational health standards be developed to protect the health of the public and the workers of animal confinements..."

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Karen Monahan Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Our health is not for sale. It is a human right that every child, parent, grandparent have the right to clean air, safe water, healthy food and an overall nurturing environment."

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Ana Baptista Newark, New Jersey

"Our children grow up in an environment where they must come indoors for recess on days when there are ozone alerts and the air quality is poor. "

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Barbara Evans Burkville, Alabama

"I am coming to Washington, D.C. to try to save my family and friends in rural Alabama. Because we're worth it."

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Janet Holloway, RN Richmond, Virginia

"I developed a strong conviction that clean air is not only a must for all of us, but that it is also our right."

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Barbara Warren, MD, MPH Tucson, Arizona

"We need clean renewable energies and in the meantime, strict regulations on coal burning power plant emissions."

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Patti Gora McRavin Spanaway, Washington

"Field burning caused my son repeated bouts of pneumonia, and it causes me and my daughter to have asthma episodes. "

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Jeremy Nichols Denver, Colorado

"From what I have seen and experienced, the most prosperous communities are the healthiest. Let's keep that trend alive. "

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Bernadette Longo Carson City, Nevada

"Natural causes of air pollution cannot usually be abated, however, efforts can be provided for the populations exposed. "

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Elizabeth Crowe Berea, Kentucky

"U.S. voters have always valued a clean environment and good health."

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Marcia Owens Tallahassee, Florida

"At least 12 boys on my son's team have asthma, and at practice they line up the inhalers on the back of an old abandoned school bus..."

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Cherise Udell Salt Lake City, Utah

"On those "red alert" days I felt as if I was locking my daughters in a windowless room full of chain smokers. "

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Matthew Tejada Houston, Texas

"Our leaders must give real impetus to the talk of environmental justice through actual support of environmental justice communities."

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Shawna Larson Palmer, Alaska

"We are concerned about the mercury and other toxic emissions from the burning of the coal that will be coming directly back to the Arctic on the wind and air currents."

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Bettie Kettell Durham, Maine

"Mercury from the exhaust from the coal-fired power plants has contaminated our lakes and streams and caused the need for fish advisories throughout the entire state."

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Marie Mulroy Goffstown, New Hampshire

"They come in wheelchairs with their oxygen to spend a day with each other and to enjoy the beauty of New Hampshire. We need to keep it beautiful for them."

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Charlotte Keys Columbia, Mississippi

"The dirt would sometimes just catch fire and blaze into the atmosphere, leaving terrible odors in the air. It destroyed our health..."

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Randy Ellis Harriman, Tennessee

"I want decision makers in Washington, D.C. to hear from people in the community so they can hear our real concerns."

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Ruth Santiago Salinas, Puerto Rico

"Because Salinas and Guayama are coastal communities, people have traditionally depended on fishing for sustenance and studies indicate that the fish are contaminated with mercury..."

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Rev. Kristina Peterson Houma, Louisiana

"The petrochemical companies along the Mississippi River provide all types of benefits to the rest of the world, but for us, we are a sacrificial zone..."

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Susan Holmes Bokoshe, Oklahoma

"Every time a truck dumps a load of fly ash, fugitive dust leaves the site and blankets the town and the surrounding area."

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Rebecca Van De Water Juneau, Alaska

"The first day that a ship rolls in, we all can't help but notice that our incredibly pristine air is visibly sullied by the large smoke stacks on the ships. "

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Tony DeFalco Portland, Oregon

"To protect our right to breathe clean air, our leaders in D.C. should increase incentives for business and individuals to utilize mass transit. "

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Sylvia Weber Cranston, Rhode Island

"Decision makers in Washington D.C. need to understand that air pollution poses significant health risks for us and future generations. "

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Susan Falzon Troy, New York

"The communities that host facilities like the Lafarge Cement Plant, whether willingly or not, need the protection of the government to ensure that they are not poisoned. "

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Michael McCally, MD Santa Fe, New Mexico

"Decision-makers in Washington, D.C. need to understand that clean air is a health care bargain. Lives are saved. "

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Rachael Belz Cincinnati, Ohio

"The pollution spewing from the oldest and dirtiest parts of the coal plants in the Ohio River Valley affects people every single day. "

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Lynn Ringenberg, MD Tampa Bay, Florida

"I see half-a-dozen kids a day with asthma or some allergy or environmental related lung problem. "

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Vernice Miller-Travis Bowie, Maryland

"The exhaust from those trucks, day after day, week after week, had a tremendous impact on the health of my home community..."

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Allison Kellenberger, RN Columbia, Missouri

"When I started in the intensive care unit 18 years ago, I saw many asthma patients come in, and some of them left in body bags."

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Grady Norwood, Jr. Chicago, Illinois

"Clean air and water are vital to a business's interests..."

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Odessa Darrough Little Rock, Arkansas

"My brother faced several challenges because he could not do some of the things that other kids enjoyed. It was painful to see him suffer..."

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Iris Christian Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Our legislators need to quit listening to the money and start listening to the people..."

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Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter Rawlins, Wyoming

"Elected officials should put as much effort into protecting the health of the communities and workers that produce Wyoming's energy as they put into protecting the industries..."

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Ashley Sanders Salt Lake City, Utah

"I want an Environmental Protection Agency that is so effective that I would know it existed just by looking outside."

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Dustina Gill Sisseton, South Dakota

"This is neither a Republican issue nor a Democrat issue. It is an issue where we are all stakeholders and we must see it in that light..."

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Rev. Wade Schemmel Bismarck, North Dakota

"We are guilty of the terrible things we allow to happen."

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Sharman Chapman-Crane Eolia, Kentucky

"Coal is not cheap energy when you consider the impact to human lives..."

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Kayne Darrell Castle Hayne, North Carolina

"It became even more personal to me when Titan Cement sued me two months ago for comments I made at an open County Commissioners meeting."

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Rev. Kenneth Hodges Green Pond, South Carolina

"Clean air is crucial to South Carolina because we cannot put a price on the value of the health of our citizens, their quality of life, and their right to breath clean air..."

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Carol Oglesby Evansville, Indiana

"Clean air is endangered."

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Todd Garland Webster Springs, West Virginia

"Coal extraction and dust blanket many communities in black soot that is omnipresent."

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Michael Stinson Atlanta, Georgia

"I was diagnosed with asthma in 1991 at the age of 33 probably due to an accumulation of years of breathing polluted air..."

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Carol Warren Webster Springs, West Virginia

"There is no such thing as clean coal—the extraction is always filthy and takes a terrible toll on the communities where it is done."

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Peter Wilk Need, Maine


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Alycia Ashburn Maynard, Minnesota


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Judith Robinson Need., Vermont


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Baye Adofo-Wilson Newark, New Jersey


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Jeff Chapman-Crane Need., Kentucky


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Barbara Jennings Need., Missouri


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Chaz Wheelock Need., Wisconsin


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