Environmentalist to discuss air, water pollution

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JASPER — Nationally-recognized environmentalist and Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer John Blair will make a multimedia presentation Thursday at the Astra Theatre in Jasper about the existing air and water pollution problems of Southwestern Indiana and the impact the proposed Riverview coal-to-diesel plant just south of Dubois County will have on the drinking water and air quality of Huntingburg, Ferdinand and Jasper.

The event at 7 p.m. Thursday is sponsored and paid for by the Dubois County Democratic Party and its newly created Issues Division. The environmental discussion is open to the public and free of charge.

“The drinking water of Huntingburg and other water supplies in Dubois County, and the air my parents and my generation breathe, are at stake because the proposed plant will make its pollution here and sell its product abroad," said Dubois County Democrats Issue Director Matt Brosmer.

John Blair is the founder and president of Valley Watch Inc. He is also past-president of the Hoosier Environmental Council , founder of SynFuel Inquiry, editor and publisher of Ohio Valley Environment and chair of the state’s Environmental Exposure Task Force.

In addition Blair has won 11 awards for journalism, photography, and environmental advocacy, including the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism-News Photography and the Gold Spirit Award from the Catholic Health Association of the U.S. Blair has also taught photojournalism at the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville.

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