RIGHT TO BREATHE: 50 STATES UNITED

Susan Falzon

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.

Profession: Retired
Group Affiliation: Friends of Hudson

Clean Air Ambassador:

Susan Falzon

Troy, New York

I've been concerned about air quality and air pollution since 1998 when I first became aware of power plant and cement plant permitting in upstate New York. In the broader community in which Friends of Hudson operates and has members, the cement industry has been of serious concern. The Lafarge Cement plant in Ravena, NY has been operating for almost 50 years. Over those years the plant has emitted significant amounts of pollutants and toxics, the effects of which have been visually apparent. But in the past decade we have become aware of the possible serious health effects as well.

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. should create laws that are more protective of public health and the environment than of corporate profits. And they should ensure that these laws are enforceable and that industrial operations are monitored.

It is possible for industrial polluters such as the cement industry to produce far less pollution than they are permitted to do. Investments in newer pollution control technologies and in research and development will yield better air quality results than current operations do. It is imperative that the federal government require these companies to make such investments in order to have the privilege of extracting and using our natural resources.
 

All Messages: Supporting Our Clean Air Ambassadors.

Good luck to you; you have your work cut out for you thanks to Republican hypocrisy, but I trust in your abilities.

It will take a lot of effort to undo what Dick Cheney and the GOP have done to help industrial polluters destroy our environment. I applaud you for your undertaking!

Best of luck and thank you!

Right ON!

Thank you Susan!

Thanks for what you do.

Thank you, Susan. It's time for the government to give the environment more
protection.

Clean air and water is essential to the healthy existence of humans and all the other species with whom we share this wonderful planet. Thank you, Susan.

It's this simple...without clean ai and water...we're dead.

A healthy life for any of earth's species can't exist without clean air. Thanks for always trying.

Thank you, Susan! As you probably know, among new threats to air is the push to "hydrofrack" in the Marcellus and Utica shales of New York State (west of the Hudson and northwest into the Finger Lakes region and beyond) polluting clean rural air with a host of carcinogenic and neurotoxic chemicals, in addition to polluting water and releasing large amounts of methane into the atmosphere. One more process to worry about in addition to the other industrial pollutants that currently make people sick!

Thanks for your good work for Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants.

Thank you for all you do to fight industrial polluters.

Funny thing about human beings, plants, animal and sea life--we all need clean air and water! Keep up the good fight!

Thank you so much for standing up for clean air. I can't understand why anyone would be opposed to it or put money ahead of life. I'm with you all the way!!

Thank you for your help .

Thanks! You rock!

Thanks for your efforts on behalf of the earth and all of its inhabitants!

Clean air and good water are the essentials for life. Never let up your quest for these rights. Thank you for the fight.

Best wishes for success in your mission, which will benefit all of us.

Thank you for your work on behalf of many.

Good luck!

Thanks for supporting clean air legislation!

Thank you for doing what needs to be done.

Best wishes for success in your mission, which will benefit all of us!

Keep up the good work!

Thank you, Susan. Keep fighting!

Go, Go, Go!!!

Protect our air. Keep it clean!

Good luck, Susan! Thank you for defending the right to breathe!

Be well and thank you for your efforts. Neil merrick

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