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Ozone is not under control

Posted: Thursday, Mar 3rd, 2011

The State of Wyoming Monday released an ozone advisory for the Upper Green River Basin in Sublette County. Sublette County this year has already experienced three eight-hour average exceedances (two at the Boulder monitor and one at the Wyoming Range monitor).

On Tuesday, March 1, the Boulder monitor read an hourly average of 109 parts per billion at around 4 p.m. Almost certainly, it will be another day with eight-hour average exceedances. This area has had ozone exceedances nearly every year since 2005 when the monitors were installed. Despite efforts to avert these events, the problem has yet to be put under control. The pollution in our air is not just hindering our views. It poses serious health risks, especially to infants, children, asthmatics and senior citizens. Citizens United for Responsible Energy Development (CURED) continues to be concerned about the potential health risks to Sublette County citizens and workers who are being exposed to elevated ambient ozone and other air pollutants. For protection of health of humans, the World Health Organization recommends an ozone level of 51 ppb.

It certainly seems like the State of Wyoming, Bureau of Land Management and gas companies are more concerned with short-term profit than about locals' long-term health. The time has come to move beyond voluntary measures and bleeding band-aids. Winter drilling is killing our wildlife and harming our friends and families and should be stopped.

Citizens United for Responsible Energy Development (CURED): Peggy Bryant, Elaine Crumpley, Susan Kramer, Mary Lynn Worl, Tina Rock

For the complete article see the 03-04-2011 issue.

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