What will it take for officials to heed health care experts?

To the editor:

In a letter to the editor (Aug. 1), the people of Jasper and the surrounding areas heard from yet another knowledgeable person, Dr. Shane Avery, M.D., a physician from Scottsburg, about the biomass issue. He assisted in the successful fight against two biomass plants in Scott and Crawford counties, citing evidence from many medical organizations: the American Heart and Lung associations, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, which specifically addressed the dangers of biomass on the health of individuals.

Like Dr. Avery, I, too, am surprised that our government officials are still pursuing the development of a biomass plant in Jasper. If it is true that Indiana is the sixth-worst state for toxic air pollution in the United States, why would Jasper want to be a part of that statistic? What will it take for our city officials to listen to the advice of health professionals and medical organizations?
Please say no to biomass and yes to clean air!

—Pat Uebelhor

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