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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.

Ellen Bray

This article is about the amount of port pollution and the damage that it can do. This is mainly a letter to the editor about how their whole neighborhood is getting sick and how it is most likely due to the large amounts of dangerous chemicals that are being inhaled by the people. The author is an immigrant who has lived in the neighborhood for 24 years. They talk about how most of their family has been getting diagnosed with asthma and how there are multiple causes, but the most likely one is port pollution. These ports are also the largest source of pollution in our region. The ports are not trying to reduce the amount of gas they use, so it shows that they are not trying to address the problem.

Keerthi Ketha

This is a very important topic to touch on when talking in relation to how the environment truly impacts us and vice versa. The area in which you grow in also has such a huge effect on how you grow up, the health risks you face in the future, and that all comes down to the air you breathe. In the letter written by Andasan, as the reader you can really feel his despair in the way he portrays his experience with how pollution has affected him and his family. Going back to the idea of the environment affecting your lively hood, due to living next to rail yards and refiners, both Andasan and his brother developed asthma. Seeing his brother having to use a nebulizer everyday and then with his mom being diagnosed with adult asthma at 65, it is unfair to witness as it was caused by the pollution that they grew up in. Andasan sharing his story should influence others to take responsibility and do their part to serve their community in preventing this access of pollution that are affecting so many lives, including their own. Even if it is a small act, it will slowly make a difference.

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