Part 3 (full interviews to be posted separately) ” when she was in pre-K they told me I should just be grateful to have her because she’s never read, she’d never right. She has a lot of stomach issues. She’s been in the hospital 3 times in the last 2 months. She’s sick a lot, but she always has the spirit that keeps you going, she won’t give up” Toxic air and water are taking the lives of citizens across America. Our health is being traded for profit There are 53 industrial plants in a 2-mile radius in Tonawanda and it has the highest concentration of air polluters in New York State. Over 800,000 children in New York suffer from autism, developmental disabilities, birth defects or the effects of disabling accidents MS Diagnosis Rates in Western New York are Double the National Average” Western New York has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. Lupus prevalence in the area of concern corresponded to seven times greater risk of the disease compared with the general population. TOXIC PLANTS 3M is One of the top-25 polluters in New York State, Carbon disulfide is used here in to make sponges. Carbon disulfide causes a host of health problems, including neurotoxic effects. FMC Chemicals: uses ammonia and numerous other chemicals onsite. Tonawanda Coke: puts out the Highest levels of benzene in the state. Dupont: The plant manufactures Corian for countertops. In May, the plant was fined $165,000 for violating the EPA’s Clear Air Act. Huntley plant is a coal plant that puts out chromium and mercury compounds. NRG Energy had announced a proposal to turn this plant into a natural gas-fired one as a way to reduce pollution
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