pollution-related cancer…

Air pollution continues to plague the world and threatens us in many areas of life. In the text Diversity and Globalization, it states that in 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) issued a report identifying almost 600 urban American neighborhoods in which elevated cancer rates were associated with air pollution. It states that Los Angeles may have a pollution-related cancer rate around 500 times higher than rural American areas. This is ridiculous!! Steps must be taken in order to preserve the health of the world and its people, now, and for the generations to come.
In an L.A Times article, the Obama Administration announced that BP North America Inc, has agreed to pay a $8-million fine and install more than $400 million in equipment to cut air pollution from an oil refinery as part of a settlement over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. Most people are driven by profits and material gain without concern for consequences of their actions. The results of the oil business result in such great amounts of pollution. Necessary steps must be taken to preserve the environment. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said in a statement that the pollution reduction plan, when fully implemented, “is expected to reduce harmful air pollution that can cause respiratory problems such as asthma.” These are definitely steps in the right direction. The more our awareness is increased regarding these issues, the more we can help to improve the earth!

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-bp-refinery-clean-air-fine-20120523,0,5179489.story

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