Sunday, May 13, 2012

Air Quality Is a Problem Facing Every Community

Dr. Albert A. Rizzo, a pulmonologist and critical care physician at Christiana Care Health System, recently wrote to the Delaware County Daily Times to express his concern about the air quality in the greater Philadelphia area. He has watched patients struggling to breathe across three decades of treating patients with lung disease. He makes the point that air pollution doesn't respect governmental boundaries. For example, the state of Delaware, which would otherwise have had a good grade for clean air, suffered from bad ozone pollution because it drifts in from other states. Polluted air is a shared problem.

When we think about clean air, more than anything else we need to think about the future of our children. It's hard to think when you can't breathe well. It's hard to study, or run or walk or go bicycling or play basketball or even just hang out with your friends. We all want every child to grow up healthy and achieve great things -- but you need to be able to study and think and run and play as a child to do that. We need cleaner air. I strongly endorse Dr. Rizzo's thoughts and comments and thank him for writing.

Jeanette MacNeille,
President, Millbourne Borough Council


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