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Yawn Letter to the editor


Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about air pollution and asthma

I am Barbara Yawn, a physician and researcher at the Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester, MN. I am here to comment on a health concern related to particle air pollution. Asthma is a major focus of my work for the past 5 years including a study of the prevalence of asthma in Rochester school children. That study tells us that SE Minnesota has a significant problem with asthma -- a problem that is comparable to those seen in inner city areas of Baltimore and Chicago.

Prevalence of asthma:

•SE Minnesota school children 12.3% current

•North Carolina school children 9.4% current

•Baltimore inner city school children 10.6% current

•Chicago inner city school children 9.2% current

We know that the impact of that asthma is significant, resulting in higher than average school absences and higher than average visits to the emergency department, suggesting higher rates of exacerbations or attacks. Some people suggest that a new business in Preston is a win-win situation. The new company would get the land it needs for its business and the government will get new taxes. I wonder if the people with asthma in Rochester would win with this permit.

National data :

ED visits15.4% children

24.6% adults

SE Minnesota :

ED visits18.4% children

No one questions that air pollution is a serious problem for asthma attacks, those attacks that lead to visits to the emergency department. Last week I chaired the National Institute of Health’s National Asthma meeting. Our first speaker at that meeting was Kristine Todd-Whitman, now former Head of the EPA, and this is her quote:

“Outdoor air pollution is a serious problem for people with asthma. We must must lower current levels of air pollution” --Kristine Todd-Whitman, Head of EPA, National Asthma Challenge 2003, June 19, 2003.

www.nih.nhlbi.asthma

Her statement does not mention the desirability of increasing emissions in a community that may already have a significant asthma and respiratory disease problem.

I would suggest that this activity be linked to an objective surveillance program to assess the impact of emissions. That surve .....
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McCabe - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Letter to Governor Pawlenty about Heartland

Open letter to Governor Pawlenty:

Dear Governor Pawlenty,

Please do not let them build the tire-burning plant in Preston, because all the po ..... 
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Stager - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Letter about Preston City Council

One of the items on the agenda for the Preston City Council meeting dated July 7, 2003 was the Resolution & Policy by City Council member Mike Gartner. The discussion, which occurred, was the tr ..... 
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Roessler - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Letter about MPCA and Heartland

Why I don’t trust the MPCA:

Several city officials involved in the tire-burning plant debate, as well as the proposer, have stated that they trust the Minnesota Pollution Con ..... 
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McCabe, Amy - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Letter about Heartland  A friend of mine came up with this list and gave me permission to share it with you.  Top ten reasons to build the Preston Tire Burning Plant.  10.Ther ..... 
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Lindquist-Holan - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Baseline For Your Well  Fillmore County has a special water quality concern because of the Karst geology of this area. The fractured limstone bedrock and the thin overlying soils offer little protection in keeping contaminant ..... 
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Sauer, Frances - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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Letter about Heartland  Recently, I saw the American flag, waving upon many graves. I wondered, “Who were all these people? How did they die? Were they alone? Were they on foreign soil? Did they die knowing that their hardshi ..... 
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Maust - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

It’s a shame when well educated, intelligent people have to resort to telling outright lies to try to further their unfounded beliefs.

NO scrap tires are to be washed at the new Heart ..... 
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Marzolf - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

There is something to the idea that you can travel the world, only to find that the best spot is where you grew up. Through my work, I have traveled a good portion of the globe and I can now say, “Preston ..... 
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