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Question of the Week: What’s the most important environmental issue in your local community?

2009 April 13

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Different things can affect the local environment where we live, such as air pollution, abandoned waste sites, or asbestos problems. But (thankfully!) not everyone is affected by everything at once.

What’s the most important environmental issue in your local community?

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  1. Jay permalink
    May 3, 2009

    I don’t think it a good idea to wate outside someones house for five hours and give them a ticket because of a burn ban have a Chimney Sweep check your chimney he could tell you many ways to burn cleaner.
    but washington just wants your money.

  2. Marris permalink
    December 3, 2009

    The production of photochemical smog. (Although, this is a problem in most urbanized areas). We are not in compliance with the standards, and have not been in a long time. The ozone produced destroys chlorophyll and injures lung tissue. My dad has never had asthma in his life, and developed it once we moved here. I believe the primary cause of this is smog.

  3. bsinkop permalink
    March 25, 2010

    I think water quality is the biggest concern. People are buying bottled water and filtering their water because who knows what is in our tap water. Not to mention the fact that it just tastes bad.

  4. Ben Moore permalink
    March 29, 2010

    Ann, there is a new documentary, “Gasland” that describes the chemicals in the “brine”. These include known toxins and carcinogens, according to a preview of the film on PBS.

    I agree that the EPA has been slow to react to claims such as exploding water wells, heavy metal groundwater contamination and related health issues for both people and animals. To their credit, they recently opened a tip line to report these “suspicious activities”. That can be found here:!OpenDocument.

    Best of luck in keeping this out of your community, if it is not too late.

  5. Diane permalink
    June 22, 2010

    I watched part of the documentary “Gasland” last evening and I found it to be VERY disturbing. I would like a response from the EPA regarding the matters addressed in this documentary; specifically, any legislation passed that provides an exemption to certain industries regarding EPA standards.

    Hopefully this comment will appear on the blog as well as a response to the above request. If not, that in itself would be an answer.

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