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TUESDAY MORNING IN CLEVELAND AND ALL AROUND NORTHEAST OHIO - THE AIR IS UNSAFE TO BREATHE
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 10:45.
Right now - TUESDAY MORNING IN CLEVELAND AND ALL AROUND NORTHEAST OHIO - the air appears unsafe to breathe. According to data hidden throughout air quality monitoring reporting in the region, our air has been AT BEST UNSAFE FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS since MIDNIGHT. In other words... it is still UNSAFE from yesterday. Of course, the Ohio EPA forecast for today was "Moderate".
The city of Cleveland, the Ohio EPA, NOACA, the leadership of multiple counties and cities, and even Senator Sherrod Brown, his staff and family, all appear not to care.... they appear intent to cause harm to citizens to benefit corporate interests.
That is very short-sighted economic development strategy, benefittng few. and killing many more... actually, everyone living here!
The only way citizens know if our air is safe to breath or not is through government - our LEADERS - and their contractors who are responsible for air quality in the region... and our air is almost always POOR IN QUALITY... and all our air pollution monitoring and control equipment for this region is ALWAYS so broken and flawed, and has been since 2003, that one may only conclude this situation is intentional, to game Federal EPA data in hopes of making Ohio appear in compliance to pollution standards WE ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO MEETING - it isn't even a horserace... these leaders are out in pastures
Evidence shows this pattern of deception has been our our statewide and local leaders ONLY air quality management strategy this decade.
After raising these air pollution monitoring issue for years - escalating concerns to every level of government except the White House (until today) - and through now directly fighting polluters, including our Senator Brown's brother - I do not see a way to move the state of Ohio forward into a new economy without Federal EPA intervention into our air quality control here, as has been necessary in our peer state of Texas.
I've asking Cleveland, NOACA, the Ohio EPA and Senator Brown to explain and respond to this crisis for long enough and none have provided effective responses... and our monitoring remains broken... and this may be one of the worst air quality days you will see this Summer...
How would you know?!?!
I'm now asking Senator Brown's office to escalate our air quality issues in Northeast Ohio beyond his office to the Federal EPA leadership level, directly, and I will expect responsiveness from the Federal EPA, as they work for President Obama.
As in Texas, I believe it is necessary for the Federal EPA to take legal action against our local, regional and state air pollution regulating authorities, that have all failed or acted against the interests of citizens. If our local, regional and state air pollution regulating authorities have acted against citizen interests, rights and well being with intent, I expect criminal prosecution.
I still have faith in President Obama.
I have lost all faith in our local, regional and state leaders, as they seem intent to kill citizens, and uncaring of the process.
And, as a result, the economy and citizens certainly suffer.
It is best practice to simply move from Ohio completely...
Way too hot in Cleveland.