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View Diary: UPDATE RALLY ON! Is Utah's Air Quality Doomed to Remain Toxic Forever? It May be killing you now! (90 comments)

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  •  I live in Salt Lake, I have severe COPD (14+ / 0-)

    I recently went on disability because I was no longer able to work. I volunteered to take part in some research being done at the U to study the effects of these temperature inversions on people like me. I went out to the Lung Study Center to take a breathing test last Friday. I'll be going back to the relatively clean air of rural Indiana where I was born and raised before summer because my lungs just can't take this bad air anymore. I am sucking on oxygen right now and don't go outside unless absolutely necessary. People like me are the canaries in the coal mine.

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    by rmonroe on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 02:41:34 PM PST

    •  I'm sorry. (7+ / 0-)

      I hope you are ok until this pollution clears out.  $$ Rules in Utah.  I guess that's not unique these days

      I am confused by red alert warnings while it is snowing like last weekend.  You would think the snow would tamp down the particulates.

      Will the U of U give you a report result some day?

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 02:53:06 PM PST

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      •  If I ask for one (2+ / 0-)
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        Talking to the researchers I leaned that the numbers from the lung function tests aren't any lower than tests taken during good air days. It definitely affects people but they really don't understand why. Hence the research.

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        by rmonroe on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:47:44 PM PST

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