Do something good for the environment

The Cumberland Conservation Collaborative is sponsoring a “Clean Cumberland Action Day” on Saturday, May 3 through public events being held throughout the County by its members.  Clean up and restoration opportunities including multi-use rail trails, waterways, and the Appalachian Trail are planned and seeking active volunteer participation.

Saturday, May 3 is not the only day for volunteer action.  Outdoor volunteer projects are being planned during  the next several weeks.  Here is a link to volunteer opportunities from the many organizations of the Cumberland Conservation Collaborative.   Sign up for one now.

http://www.cumberlandconservationcollaborative.org/#!volunteer-opportunities/c1e0c 

Clarke Forum to host panel on future development in Carlisle

On January 30, Dickinson College’s Clarke Forum will host a panel discussion on the complex array of environmental and economic-development issues surrounding the evolution of the Carlisle area as a major logistics center with the associated construction of mega-warehouses and the concentration of truck traffic.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

For more information go to:

http://clarke.dickinson.edu/carlisles-future-panel/

Clean Air Board honored by Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited

CAB was honored Saturday by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

CVTU held its annual Limestoner Conservation Banquet at Carlisle Barracks.

The coldwater conservation organization presented CAB  with its 2011 Limestoner Award, an honor recognizing the board’s “dedication and outstanding contributions toward the promotion of improving air quality to protect health and quality of life by reducing particulate matter fallout in our natural watershed and our precious cold water resources.”

For more information, go to the Carlisle Sentinel: http://www.cumberlink.com/news/local/article_41c80f54-5150-11e0-a2e2-001cc4c03286.html

 

Air Pollution: A Medical Perspective (Video)

In this video, Philip D. Carey, MD discusses the dangers of PM2.5 to the health of our nation. Dr. Carey gives particular focus to the residents of Cumberland County, PA. Cumberland County has been ranked the 24th most polluted county in the United States based on the level of PM2.5.

Cumberland County Physicians Resolution: The Air We Breathe

The following August 2005 public letter was signed by over three-quarters of Cumberland County physicians.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PHYSICIANS RESOLUTION: THE AIR WE BREATHE

In 1970, Congress passed the Clean Air Act that required each state to achieve air quality standards as set by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) by 1977. Although improvement has been achieved nationwide with respect to air quality, Cumberland County does not comply with current standards for ozone and fine particulate matter.

The American Lung Association (ALA) ranks Cumberland Country’s atmosphere as the 24th most polluted area in the United States, comparable to New York City.*

Due to the concentration of truck traffic in Cumberland County, fine particulate pollution from diesel exhaust is much higher than in most places and is astronomical along the “Miracle Mile” in Middlesex Township.

Diesel exhaust is a mixture of particulate matter, gases and chemical compounds containing 40 known environmental contaminants. Fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) consists largely of carbon (soot) to which other chemical substances bind. As we breathe, these tiny particles carrying toxic substances enter our lungs and are deposited in the deepest recesses of our lung tissue. Some of these toxic substances can cause cancer or other adverse health effects.

Breathing diesel emissions containing these fine particles can result in exacerbation of lung disease, i.e. asthma and emphysema, and can precipitate heart attacks. Populations at particular risk include infants, children and the elderly with pre-existing heart and lung disease. In addition, diesel exhaust is known to contain three carcinogens that cause lung and bladder cancer. According to ALA reports, scientists estimate that 50,000 to 100,000 people die each year as a result of air pollution. Studies have shown that children exposed to diesel exhaust exhibit abnormal lung development which appears to be permanent.

The construction of additional distribution parks will undoubtedly bring more diesel trucks into the area and will have public health implications. Carlisle already is a “hot spot” of diesel pollution.

We acknowledge that the trucking industry is vital to our way of life and to the economy. We have benefited from it as much as anyone and do not advocate eliminating the trucking industry. However, we also believe that proper and insightful environmental planning is essential for our community’s future and its health and well-being.

As the American Lung Association slogan states:

“When you can’t breathe, nothing else really matters!”

*Based on 24-hour PM 2.5 measurements.

The foregoing is authored by Dr. Phil Carey and agreed to by:

Adam C. Abram, MD

Ali Ahmed, MD

David P. Albright, MD

Edwin A. Aquino, MD

Daniel M. Armesto, MD

Ramesh Arora , MD

Shiv S. Aggarwal, MD

William Bachinsky, MD

Bruce. O Bailey, MD

David C. Baker, MD

Michael J. Banach, MD

Sherma B. Bharucha, MD

Gary L. Blacksmith, Jr., MD

Richard N. Blutstein, MD

Todd A. Bokelman, MD

T. Alex Boshnakov, MD

Joseph Brazel, MD

D. Shaun Bryant, MD

Howard W. Burkett, DPM

David Calcagno, MD

Joseph J. Campbell, MD

Philip D. Carey, MD

John Caruso, DO

David P. Chernicoff, DP

Howard R. Cohen, MD

Johnson G. Coyle, MD

J. Edward Dagen, MD

Faith Daggs, MD

Michael Daniels, MD

H. R. Davis, MD

Lisa M. Davis, MD

Richard L. Davis, MD

William E. Demuth, Jr., MD

George W. Ehly, MD

David B. Evans, MD

Katarzyna Ferraro , MD

Thomas S. Filip, MD

Thomas J. Green, MD

L. Greer, DPM

Darryl Guistwite, DO

Kenneth R. Guistwite, MD

J. L. Hardesty, MD

Richard C. Harker, MD

Jeffrey H. Harris, MD

David L. Hartzell, MD

Creston C. Herold, Jr., MD

Daniel P. Hely, MD

Webb S. Hersperger, MD

Louis Hieb MD

Mohammad Ismail, MD

Russell R. Janson, MD

William K. Jenkins, DDS

James R. Johnston, III, MD

Marion N. Johnston, MD

John C. Jurgenson, MD

Sharad K. Khetarpal MD

Serge Kolev, MD

Donald J. Kovacs, MD

Stephen J. Krebs, MD

Robert Lasek, MD

Gregory L. Lewis, MD

John G. Loeffler, MD

Wallace A. Longton, MD

Michael E. Lupinacci, MD

Russell Macaluso, MD

Ronald G. Mangan, DMD

Robert E. Martin, MD

David S. Masland, MD

Allan Mira, MD

George K. Moffitt, Jr., MD

Barry Moore, MD

Thomas C. O’Malley, MD

Louis Myers MD

Michael J. Oplinger, MD

George P. Ong, MD

Roger H. Ostdahl, MD

Maria Papoutsis, MD

William J. Phelan, MD

Mark Pinker, DPM

Joseph A. Pion, DO

Larry S. Rankin, MD

Kent R. Rentschler, DMD

Keith S. Rice, MD

Carol Robison, DO

Noelle, Rotondo, DO

Ronald Schlansky, MD

William L. Shelley, MD

Michael F. Smith, MD

A. Sposic, MD

Bruce H. Spivak, DMD

L. M. Stankovic, MD

Drew Stoken, MD

Leon Sweer, MD

David I. Thompson, MD

J. B. Tocks, MD

Jay A. Townsend, MD

E. Violago, MD

Timothy P. Walsh MD

David L. Wampler, MD

William J. West, Sr., MD

Willis W. Willard, MD

Raymond J. Wiss, MD

Bradford J. Wood, MD

James A. Yates, MD

James P. Yeager, MD

John P. Zornosa, M

Interview with Reverend Jennifer McKenna: October 2007

Interview with Reverend Jennifer McKenna

Conducted by Ellen Simon

October 2007

Summary:

Jennifer McKenna, a reverend at the Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, organized the Clean Air Board in 2005. Motivated by medical consensus regarding the effects of Carlisle’s poor air quality, Rev. McKenna and members of the Clean Air Board have made significant accomplishments in lobbying for legislation of the air quality in Carlisle. In my interview with Rev. McKenna, we discuss the origins, projects and goals of the Clean Air Board. Truly a community effort, Rev. McKenna describes the Clean Air Board’s coalition with doctors, lawyers, professors and, most interestingly, the truck industry.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 41 other followers