by Dave Bradley
About six months ago, some intrepid folk in Muscatine decided to do something about a major problem in their city.
The major problem they took on was air quality in Muscatine. Muscatine County has some of the most polluted air in the country. Yep, that’s right, the country. Muscatine some large industrial plants along the Mississippi River in the south end of the city. Pollution has been very high there for many years. Click here for a great story that summarizes the situation in Muscatine. (hat tip to Adam Burke who has been closely following this story).
So a group of intrepid citizens formed an action group at the beginning of this year to take on the polluters. The group called themselves Clean Air Muscatine or CLAM.
CLAM helped focus the outrage of the community on the polluters. Many folk who live in nearby neighborhoods have suffered with diseases of the lung including asthma, emphysema and even cancer. “My mother died of emphysema. My father died of emphysema. I have emphysema,” said another South End resident. “When I go outside, I’m coughing so bad within two hours I have to go back in where I have three expensive air filters.”
To read more, click here.
Recently, Grain Processors, the focus of much of the concern, announced plans to build a new grain drying facility which will eliminate many of their pollutants. The plans for the dryer were announced in a meeting with CLAM. While many with CLAM maintain skepticism, this is definitely a big move in the right direction.
While this is but one step in tackling the whole situation in south Muscatine, CLAM and the groups that are affiliated with them have decided to have a picnic this Sunday to mark this stepping stone and do some education for the public.
The more that turn out, the more of a message they send. So if you live around Muscatine and you have some time Sunday afternoon head on down to Musser Park for some free food, music and a chance to learn more about helping to fix this major problem.
If you live within a 20 mile radius of Muscatine, you are probably affected to some degree by the pollution being generated there.
Clean Air Muscatine (CLAM)
Musser Park, Muscatine
Sunday, July 31: 4pm to 6pm
* Music – Children’s Games
* Open to the Public and Free!
* Learn about Improving Air Quality in Muscatine
Please bring: yourself, your neighbors & a lawn chair (if possible).
Interfaith Power and Light
Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility
“The mission of Clean Air Muscatine (CLAM) is to improve the air quality in the Muscatine area which will enhance the community’s health, economy and quality of life.”
Dave Bradley is a self-described
retired observer of American politics “trying to figure out how we got
so screwed up.” An
Iowa City native currently living in West Liberty, Dave and his wife
Carol have two grown children who “sadly had to leave the state to find
decent paying jobs.” E-mail Dave Bradley here