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Clean Air Ambassador: Marc Fleisher

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.

I spent many years working in hospitals, including time as an Inhalation Therapist at Children's Hospital in Chicago. I am currently the president of a group that advocates for limiting adverse effects on public health from burning of crop residue such as cereal grain and seed grass.

Not so much these days, but communities on the Palouse River—such as Moscow, ID and Pullman, WA—used to be blanketed by smoke from agricultural burning. I don't want to see any loosening of the Clean Air Act that might return us to that.

Two lawsuits, one in Washington State, the other in Idaho, led to workable if imperfect control on this kind of burning. 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.
 

Ambassador Group Affiliation: 
Save Our Summers NW
Ambassador Profession: 
Retired