We need health help
I am not a scientist. But, I don’t have to be one to know that if I hold out my hand and feel droplets of water, it is raining. And in like manner, if I get up to go to work and find a blanket, a ‘dusting’ of sorts, covering my vehicle, I know, without scientific study, our neighborhood, our city, has an air pollution problem.
Years ago, when I served on the Council of Commissioners, we heard a report from a Montana government agency detailing results from the Greeley School monitoring station. If you simply accepted the report findings, you would not be alarmed. However, when residents of our neighborhood brought in bags of material from their gutters and offered testimony of similar ‘dusting’ of their vehicles, the agency rep had to admit that the large particulate matter collected was too large for the monitoring station to detect and analyze.
Now we have at least four studies that confirm heavy metals in the air are hazardous to human health. These separate individual studies are alarming and point out the need for a coordinated effort to address this health issue. Not surprisingly, the initial reaction of some entities to the latest reports, is to attack the findings and/or the scientists for their ‘faulty data’ or methods. But how do you attack the residents of our neighborhoods and our city who are getting sick with serious illnesses and our children are being affected at a much higher rate than other counties or cities in Montana?
You don’t have to be a scientist to see the results of large particulate heavy metals ‘raining’ down on our community. We don’t need another study, we need help to address this health issue ... now!