If these are the TRI data (which is not clear from a quick scan of the article) that would cover only the recorded pollutants from stationary sources in the area, not mobile sources (autos, trucks, buses) nor drift from other areas.
Also, there are TWO ways to reduce pollutants – if you reduce the source activities by shutting down factories, etc., yes, that would result in a drop. The other way is that as you maintain or increase your work and production, you put proper controls in place and clean up dirty facilities that pollute today.
The overly simplistic view of this is a problem, and I think in the article Tom Leonard of WMEAC does a pretty good job of trying to debunk it.
Anne Woiwode, Director
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I wonder how accurate the claims are in the first place?
Any independent thoughts?
It was only in the last few years (say, five) that I became aware of the Ozone action days.
Where the official recommendations were to "leave" the place where I live. That doesn't sound so good.
It was only in the last few years that friends of mine with asthma complained of suffering.
And in the last few years my wife complaining of smoke, stink and other airborne "nuisances",
several times a week.
The Bush plan might be to simply lie some more. After all, what's one more?
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Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 12:09 PM
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see . . . the bush plan for environmental improvement is working . . .
craig k harris
department of sociology
michigan agricultural experiment station
national food safety and toxicology center
institute for food and agricultural standards
michigan state university
Behalf Of HAMILTREEF@aol.com
West Michigan's air quality has improved dramatically in the past five years as local factories scaled back or shut down, according to air pollution numbers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
For example, Kent County's factories pumped out nearly 2.6 million pounds of toxic air releases in 1999. In 2003, preliminary EPA figures report total emissions of less than 540,000 pounds -- an 80-percent decline.