Nurses are health conscious and clean air is important. This was the area I covered when I ran for State Representative and it is part of the 13th District. I have asthma and it is worse after moving downtown. I wipe black soot from my white cabinets. I am on the 19th floor. I was gone for a month and I had to use windex and paper towels to see through my car windows that was parking in the parking structure. It was black grime. Petcoke. The pollution goes beyond this area code into our other neighborhoods.
My plan is different than what has been done because I have no patience.
- I have a already contacted a global environmental consulting firm that deals with air, water and soil that I can work with. I want my own evaluation as a researcher. This is where I am type A. The only research I believe is my own.My background is research.Marathon has top notch monitoring but worried about the smaller companies who have been aging since the Conyers study. We have soil pollution as well.
- I want to WORK with the businesses to HELP them update. RASHIDAs method is to FIGHT them. That will never work and will continue to put our residents at risk. Her way is to call the EPA on them. They won't work with her.
- Working WITH them means if I can secure federal funding to help...THAT is my roll as a congresswoman. Investing in them is investing in our district and jobs.
Marathon Oil wanted petcoke kept uncovered but I can't find the reason why. We call this "fugitive dust" . The closest I could find is that it wasn't deemed a health hazard,however, if its getting INSIDE of my drawers and INSIDE of my shelf doors..that means we are breathing it. The only way our lungs can get rid of it is to cough it out as its an irritation.
Where will you be standing when the wind blows?
Chicago, NYC, LA..all have varying degrees of pollution. Detroit is dusty. Its why we move OUT of the city.
At the very least if in the city or near pollution..invest in air purifiers like I have. Multiple- if closer to industry.