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Michelle Liu

I agree with Andasan that port economic activities pose a serious threat to the body of people living nearby. There is no doubt that economic activities play a significant role in the development and competitiveness of the United States. It is common to discover economic communication and corporation in different countries. A massive amount of semi-finished goods and finished products need to be shipped, transported, moved, and stored as inventories. As a result, ports and railways are crucial for contributing to shipments between two distinct points. There are factories near the port as well. However, those economic activities such as ports, pipelines, refineries, and rail yards release large amounts of gases causing serious air pollution. They are harmful to the human body. People experience a wide range of health effects from being exposed to air pollution. Long-term effects of air pollution can last for years or for an entire lifetime. They can even lead to a person's death. Long-term health effects from air pollution include heart disease, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases such as emphysema. Air pollution can also cause long-term damage to people's nerves, brain, kidneys, liver, and other organs. For residential areas that are built near the ports, those harmful gases cause huge damage to the residents through respiration which cannot be reversed if they live there for a long period of time. For example, Andasan and his brother have got asthma. Those people may not have enough capital to move to a higher living environment like new immigrants and low-income classes. Therefore, it is crucial for people who are responsible to take action immediately. In order to prevent more serious damage to residents. The port responsible should import a zero-waste or environmentally friendly scheme as soon as possible to build a clean-air community for the residents nearby. It is suggested to regulate constantly to prevent a lack of follow-up management for those improving schemes. So that the ports are able to be developed a sustainable environment for enhancing economic activities.

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