Top 10 Stories of the Decade: Cleaning up the air in Cumberland County

The Sentinel News, December 30, 2009

By Jeff Pratt, Managing Editor

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“I love living and raising my family in Carlisle. It is sad to me that the air is becoming toxic. To be among the top 2 percent of the most polluted counties in the nation is no honor.”

— Pam Frohman, CAB member, homemaker and mother of three, said in 2006

Excerpt: “Sometimes it takes just a little organization to change the landscape of things – even the air we breathe.

On Aug. 23, 2005, more than 100 area doctors took out a full-page ad in The Sentinel saying that truck traffic was a major contributor to unhealthy air quality in Cumberland County. The doctors cited American Lung Association statistics ranking Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle the 24th most polluted region in the nation and comparing the area’s air quality to New York City.

That’s where it all started. Now we have a board, an anti-idling law and hour-by-hour readings of the air quality in Cumberland County.

Now the air we breathe seems a little more important, thanks to the Clean Air Board.

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