When the winds blow, a white powder from the fly ash ponds drifts towards homes on the reservation.
Air pollution has caused a great concern for my family and tribal members here on the reservation. When the winds blow, a white powder from the fly ash ponds drifts towards homes on the reservation, and there is nothing I can do to protect people from breathing the dust into their lungs. In the morning on a calm day, I can see a yellowish brown haze over the smoke stacks at the power plant.
Once, when an elder from the reservation went outside to work on his yard, he said that his skin was burning and he had to go back inside his home.
The high percentage of thyroid disease and respiratory problems is a big concern for the tribal members here on the reservation. We need a proper study from air monitoring equipment installed on the reservation to study the emissions we're breathing in. That would help determine what needs to be done for our people's health. We also need more stringent storage conditions for coal ash and a study to be conducted to show the health risks associated with breathing in coal ash.