No endorsement by American Lung Association

To the editor:

Local citizens and public health groups have stood together in opposition to the proposed coal-to-diesel refinery in Dale. Speakers at the public hearing on December 5 in Lincoln City opposed the project by a seven-to-one ratio.

Which is why it was surprising that the letter by Ray Striegel in December (“Dale Town Council president speaks on C2D plant”) bizarrely implied that the American Lung Association endorses the proposed coal-to-diesel refinery.

The American Lung Association is one of our nation’s premier public health organizations. The ALA seeks to save lives by preventing lung disease, and fights for laws that protect the air we all breathe.

Such an endorsement would be astonishing. The proposed refinery will emit massive quantities of toxic air pollution, precisely the opposite of what the American Lung Association would support.

In fact, after speaking with the ALA I found there has been no such endorsement. Backers of this high-polluting refinery should stop claiming ALA support and face the reality about their dangerous proposal.

—Mary V Hess
Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life

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