Candidates Clear Air Over Pollution Concerns at Debate: Sentinel News

October 10th, 2007: The Sentinel-News

Candidates Clear Air Over Pollution Concerns at Debate

By Alex Roarty

Excerpt: “The two Democratic candidates competing for Cumberland County commissioner and other candidates campaigning for positions in area municipalities tried to establish their environmental credentials Tuesday night.

[…] Before the debate, Thomas Au, the head of the Clean Air Board’s Advocacy Committee, told the candidates local government needs to take action to improve air quality because it is among the worst in the nation.

Au, who is assistant chief counsel to the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the county has already had 16 days this year when the air quality was poor enough that people should avoid exercising outside.

After the debate, Au said he was impressed by the knowledge of each candidate.

He said the state ignores many of the area’s air concerns, leaving local government officials to deal with the problem.”

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