Thurston is a professor of Environmental Medicine at the New York University of Medicine.
“For decades, the Navajo Generating Station has been spewing pollution into the air that the downwind communities breathe, Thurston said. “Health damages linked to NGS cost approximately $13 million in health impacts each year.”
Thurston added that a new study showed that more than 500 extra asthma exacerbation days, hundreds of lost work, and between two to five extra deaths in Arizona were linked to the health impacts that air pollution from NGS has on surrounding communities each year that the US EPA’s Best Available Control Technology is not applied to the plant.
But NGS owners, the Navajo Nation and other interested parties, which have dubbed themselves the Technical Working Group, are pushing their best plan, which they claim would reduce even more pollution from NGS than the US EPA’s – in 30 years, not five years.
“EPA must honor the five-year compliance schedule for NGS to install pollution controls, just as it has with other coal plants,” Elsa Johnson, a Navajo tribal member, said. “This time is critical to protecting public health for the Navajo and Hopi communities because we live closest to the plant and are most exposed to the harmful toxins and particulates from their smokestacks.”
“Metro-Phoenix and southern Arizona do not have to contend with pollution from most of Arizona’s coal-fired power plants, whereas the Navajo and Hopi Reservations are surrounded by five plants,” Johnson added. “Every single day that goes by makes a different in our health, especially for our children and elderly whose lungs are most vulnerable.”
Navajo Generating Station needs to be stopped from poisoning our Homeland and making our Children sick. So do something TODAY!
Go to this web site, Clean Navajo Energy. You will find a statement about transitioning from coal to renewal energy to produce energy. In the four paragraph of that statement, you will find the words “send a letter” highlighted. Click on “send a letter” and you will be taken to a sample letter that you need to fill out with your name and address. And then just click on the word “Send.”
Your letter urges the US Environmental Protection Agency to Stand by their original proposal to reduce Nitrogen Oxide emissions from NGS in 5 years. NGS is fighting EPS’s original proposal.
The deadline for your letter is Jan. 6, 2014! PLEASE have your relatives, friends, co-workers, etc to fill out the sample letter and send. Anyone and Everyone needs to send the letter because the abuse of coal by corporations is slowly and painfully taking the lives of the most innocent, our children and Mother Earth!
There should be thousands of people sending letters. But according to the letter counter, which is below the Send button, only 108 people have filled out the sample letter and send it.
Dr. George Thurston, an expert on air pollution, said that air pollution has a big effect on health in states and around the world. Thurston noted that three million deaths occur annually from air pollution and the biggest contributor and most toxic pollutants come from coal-fired generating station.
HERE IS THE LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO Dr. George Thurston talks Navajo Generating Station air pollution & health 11-14-13