"I cannot express how little concern is given to the health and welfare of children or any residents of Midlothian..."
"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..."
"We grew up playing sports together in our small town of Covington, OH and my sister's inhaler was a constant companion..."
"We deserve clean air for all our citizens to breathe, especially our children, seniors, and those with chronic health issues..."
"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..."
"As a pregnant woman, I am deeply concerned about the air I breathe for my developing baby and her future health..."
"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..."
"The poor frequently have the greatest environmental burden related to air quality as they often live in industrialized areas that bring increased asthma risks..."
"When the winds blow, a white powder from the fly ash ponds drifts towards homes on the reservation..."
"I am disheartened by Oregon's level of industrial air pollution, which includes our continued reliance on coal..."
"When I asked groups I was working with if they had asthma, nearly half the room would raise their hands..."
"Seeing my nephew suffer through cancer broke my heart but activated me to help educate and empower my community..."
"Regardless of one's socio-economic background, it is a fundamental human right to not be detrimentally affected by poor water and air quality..."
"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..."
"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..."
"To protect Iowans, we need the EPA's health protections to stay in effect. We cannot let these standards get watered or voted down..."
"No one should be exposed to toxic air simply because polluters do not want to pay to clean up their acts..."
"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..."
"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..."
"Every American should have access to the information that affects their health and well-being. Everyone deserves that kind of respect..."
"Because our valley experiences inversions on an almost daily basis, emissions from the nearby cement plant can build up to very unhealthy levels..."
"Clean air is a natural right that should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of race or class..."
"I am concerned that corporate entities are permitted to extract riches from the earth without concern for consequences..."
"I have found that heavy industry doesn't just happen, it seems to occur in areas where there is less perceived resistance..."
"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..."
"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."
"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. "
"I am coming to Washington, D.C. to try to save my family and friends in rural Alabama. Because we're worth it."
"I developed a strong conviction that clean air is not only a must for all of us, but that it is also our right."
"We need clean renewable energies and in the meantime, strict regulations on coal burning power plant emissions."
"Field burning caused my son repeated bouts of pneumonia, and it causes me and my daughter to have asthma episodes. "
"From what I have seen and experienced, the most prosperous communities are the healthiest. Let's keep that trend alive. "
"Natural causes of air pollution cannot usually be abated, however, efforts can be provided for the populations exposed. "
"U.S. voters have always valued a clean environment and good health."
"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..."
"On those "red alert" days I felt as if I was locking my daughters in a windowless room full of chain smokers. "
"Our leaders must give real impetus to the talk of environmental justice through actual support of environmental justice communities."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The dirt would sometimes just catch fire and blaze into the atmosphere, leaving terrible odors in the air. It destroyed our health..."
"I want decision makers in Washington, D.C. to hear from people in the community so they can hear our real concerns."
"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..."
"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..."
"Every time a truck dumps a load of fly ash, fugitive dust leaves the site and blankets the town and the surrounding area."
"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. "
"To protect our right to breathe clean air, our leaders in D.C. should increase incentives for business and individuals to utilize mass transit. "
"Decision makers in Washington D.C. need to understand that air pollution poses significant health risks for us and future generations. "
"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. "
"Decision-makers in Washington, D.C. need to understand that clean air is a health care bargain. Lives are saved. "
"The pollution spewing from the oldest and dirtiest parts of the coal plants in the Ohio River Valley affects people every single day. "
"I see half-a-dozen kids a day with asthma or some allergy or environmental related lung problem. "
"The exhaust from those trucks, day after day, week after week, had a tremendous impact on the health of my home community..."
"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."
"Clean air and water are vital to a business's interests..."
"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..."
"Our legislators need to quit listening to the money and start listening to the people..."
"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..."
"I want an Environmental Protection Agency that is so effective that I would know it existed just by looking outside."
"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..."
"We are guilty of the terrible things we allow to happen."
"Coal is not cheap energy when you consider the impact to human lives..."
"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."
"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..."
"Clean air is endangered."
"Coal extraction and dust blanket many communities in black soot that is omnipresent."
"I was diagnosed with asthma in 1991 at the age of 33 probably due to an accumulation of years of breathing polluted air..."
"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."