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Look to the state to save our air and water

February 12, 2019

A record number of people are concerned about climate change and the environment, according to studies by Yale and George Mason universities. Our air and our waters are under assault, and with the gutting of the Clean Water act by the current administration, the wetlands and tributaries in and around New Milford are especially under siege.

The American Lung Association has rated Fairfield and Litchfield county’s air quality (high ozone layers) as an F. This is true of the entire state, except for Windham county, which rates a D. Connecticut is routinely cited by federal monitors as having among the worst air on the east coast.

A large part of this pollution is originating in other states, and plants like Cricket Valley will only compound the problem in Connecticut and locally in New Milford

As it stands, the current administration in Washington is turning a blind eye if not making the matters worse. We have to look to the state to save our air and waters and make New Milford a safe clean place to live.

As the new legislative season begins, I’ve been noting the bills introduced by our local representative and senator. Not one has to do with air or water quality. This will not prevent asthma in our children, lung disease and cancer or make our waterways safe for fishing an swimming and our wells safe for drinking.

I urge our local representation to refocus their energy into things that really matter for all of us, not just a select few. By focusing on clean air and water, we can all breathe easier.

Irene Skrybailo

New Milford

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