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Clean Air Ambassador: Martin Donohoe

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.
 

Ambassador Group Affiliation: 
Public Health and Social Justice
Ambassador Profession: 
Physician and Adjunct Associate Professor at Portland State University