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A toxic sunrise

Posted: Monday, Apr 1st, 2013

A toxic sunrise

Dave Bell’s letter in last week’s Examiner reminded me of the folk tale Chicken Little and its signature phrase, “The sky is falling.” His letter has prompted me to make the following comments:

Dave was not at the DEQ permit hearing where a letter from CURED was read that included an analogy about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It is obvious from his letter he does not understand the context of the analogy.

CURED is a citizens’ advocacy group and has never taken the stand that we should not have natural gas development in Sublette County. We just want to ensure that it is done in a manner that protects our environment, wildlife and health. It probably will be a big shock to Dave to learn that CURED has a professional working relationship with industry. The interaction of industry representatives and CURED members serving on the Upper Green River Basin Ozone Task Force attests to this, as well as the ongoing email dialogues addressing emission reductions and related issues.

Dave credits CURED for having Sublette County and adjoining areas declared by the EPA to be in non-attainment for ozone. In fact, he indicates that it was our goal to have this happen. Yikes, what doesn’t he understand?

This area has been declared to be in non-attainment because ozone readings have exceeded the criteria limits, and this area would be in non-attainment whether CURED existed or not. CURED firmly believes that clean air is a Wyoming value and that citizens have the right to breathe healthy air. So why would we want to be in non-attainment? Dave states that the non-attainment area “will pretty much exist forever …” Another example of “the sky is falling.”

I recommend that Dave and others who might like to get a truthful understanding of non-attainment visit the Wyoming DEQ website. It contains information about Sublette County ozone and non-attainment.

In closing, I would suggest to Dave that he research the health risks associated with ozone and its precursors, nitrous oxides and volatile organic chemicals. Perhaps, this will help him connect the dots to why CURED has taken a stand to ensure that our air is healthy to breathe for individuals who live, work and recreate in this area.

Our sky is not falling. It just contains toxic chemicals and air pollutants. But, then all of this stuff in the air makes for colorful sunrises and sunsets to photograph.

Lynn Worl. Vice Chair CURED

For the complete article see the 04-02-2013 issue.

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