“We have young children and elders that have respiratory problems. And this will hopefully help mitigate, clean-up, and eliminate our PM 2.5 air quality problem in Fairbanks.”
—Alaska Senator Click Bishop – Senate C
Senator Bishop means well, but we have these problems with his way of thinking:
- Every resident is more at risk from elevated PM 2.5, not just young children and elders.
- Fine particulate pollution causes cardiovascular harm — including strokes, heart attacks, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, and congestive heart failure — cancers, and increased risk of premature death. Respiratory harms include lung infections, reduced lung development (in children), pulmonary inflammation, and asthma attacks.
- Offer a bill to give the state citation authority to protect residents from air pollution violators. As it is, the state cannot ticket air pollution violators, instead they can only be taken to court one-by-one. Imagine the years of legal action needed to stop a drunk driver without citation authority.
- Residents are making decisions NOW to remove themselves and their families from the air pollution threat. Waiting a year or longer for a gas trucking to “hopefully help“, does nothing to address the present danger to life and safety today.