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Personal Stories: Environment

West Virginia Chemical Spill Highlights Need for Strengthened Public Protections

The West Virginia chemical spill that has poisoned the water supply for hundreds of thousands of people is the latest in a series of environmental and safety disasters related to shortcomings in federal and state oversight that have often been driven by vociferous, industry-funded anti-regulatory campaigns. Read more...

[CT] Mark Mitchell on Air Pollution, Asthma, and Environmental Justice

[HARTFORD, CT] I was conducting camp physicals for children attending the church camp across the street from my office, and I found that one-third of them had asthma. When I met with the state health official charged with investigating environmentally related disease clusters, she would not investigate because she... Read more...

[LA] Rev. Kristina Peterson on the Importance of Air Qualilty and the Need for Corporate Accountability

[GRAY, LA] Air pollution became a personal issue for me following Hurricane Katrina, when I developed respiratory problems. Since that time, everyone in my family has been diagnosed with asthma. People in the community, my congregation and the University of New Orleans (where I work) have the constant "Katrina... Read more...

[MO] Allison Kellenberger on Asthma and the Importance of Clean Air Standards

[COLUMBIA, MO] In my job as a registered nurse, breathing is on the "assess first" list. If you can't breathe, there is nothing more to do to save your life. As nursing students, we were told not to wear cologne or strong scents in our profession because it could... Read more...

[PA] Mike Krajovic, Economic Development Professional, on the Importance of Public Protections

[UNIONTOWN, PA] I’m president and chief executive officer of the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council. We’re located in southwestern Pennsylvania, in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. I’ve been working in economic development now for 25 years. Read more...

[WV] Carol Warren on the Importance of Clean Air and Fossil Fuel Extraction Rules

[WEBSTER SPRINGS, WV] My husband Todd and I both suffer from asthma. When we met, we knew we were a match because each was the only other person we had ever encountered who had been strapped to an ironing board and turned upside down as a child (to aid... Read more...