Articles and media on the Breathe In New Mexico air quality campaign:

Albuquerque Journal – “Area’s industrial legacy poses health risks” by Winthrop Quigley, 3/18/2013:

Samples they took to capture elemental carbons that could be emitted by diesel-fueled engines were “high enough to be associated with an excess risk of cardiovascular mortality two and three days post exposure and an excess risk of cardiovascular and respiratory hospitalization on the day of exposure,” Esther Abeyta said.

The anecdotal evidence abounds. Time was the stench of South Valley stockyards, slaughterhouses and the city sewage-treatment plant overwhelmed San Jose and other inner-city neighborhoods. When those facilities were either closed or cleaned up, Abeyta said neighbors started noticing the smell of sulfur which had been masked by the other odors.

Last year there were 58 kids at East San Jose Elementary School suffering from asthma. “That’s a high number,” Esther Abeyta said. “You ask yourself where that is coming from.”

Public News Service – “Neighborhoods Seek Help Dealing with Industrial Pollution” by Renee Blake, 3/14/2013:

It’s called an “Air Bucket Brigade” campaign, and Abeyta explained how it works.

“It’s a contraption that would be able to capture ambient air and particulate matter,” he said. “We’ll put it in a bag that’s shipped to a laboratory where it’s analyzed for pollutants.”

Some people have suggested a different solution, Abeyta said, but it isn’t one he likes.

“Many people have told us that we should move. ‘Sell your home and move away,’ ” he said. “Wouldn’t the new owner be affected by what we’re running away from? What about the people in our community? Do we run away from them? If we run, are we going to be running the rest of our life, when another company comes into the new neighborhood that we’re in?”

Green For All – “New Mexico’s Water Worries within a Changing Climate” by Juan Reynosa, 2/22/2013.

KOB Eyewitness News – “South Valley woman fighting for better air quality” by Eddie Garcia, 10/31/2012.

 

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