I am disheartened by Oregon's level of industrial air pollution, which includes our continued reliance on coal.
I am a physician, and I write, lecture and teach about the health consequences of environmental degradation and social injustice. Air pollution has affected me personally, as I cannot run outside on bad air quality days due to wheezing. I am also concerned for my family—especially my daughter, niece and nephew.
I am disheartened by Oregon's level of industrial air pollution, which includes our continued reliance on coal—the Boardman coal-fired power plant—diesel fumes from trucks going through the I-5 Highway corridor, our Superfund site on the Willamette River, and burning of trash and other wastes at the Salem incinerator. (An incinerator has also been proposed for McMinnville.)
I want President Obama, members of Congress and officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to know that we need stronger air pollution standards and higher levels of preparedness for disasters.