RIVER ROUGE, DETROIT, WAYNE COUNTY, MI is an industrial suburb of DETROIT with a population of just under 8,000 people, and many of the people who live in the city of RIVER ROUGE are potentially being made to be deathly ill by the very city in which they live!!!
they’ve been “working with companies to get them to reduce their emissions. It’s been a difficult negotiation. It involves changes in operation,” meaning polluters will likely need to install new equipment, a prospect costly enough to make them balk.
“They are reluctant. We are continuing discussions with them.” In the meantime, MDEQ granted the plants a permit last year to carry on business as usual.
So many people around River Rouge have asthma that there’s a bootleg market for inhalers (street value: $15 to $20 a pop) and the blister packs of albuterol, the stimulant medicine that fuels nebulizers ($10 a dose). Buying on the block is easier than going to a doctor, especially since the nearest asthma clinic is at least a town away or more, depending where you live. The closest emergency room, also at least 20 minutes away, is always full. The city has notoriously shoddy public transportation, and if you don’t own a car, a trip to the doctor can take most of your day. If you have kids, you’ll also need child care and a day off work. Meanwhile, you’re struggling to breathe, and that $15 inhaler starts to look pretty good.
When it hits her, Cason’s lungs fill with mucus while her esophagus walls swell nearly shut. Her diaphragm responds by contracting faster, pressing on her lungs, desperate to catch some air, making her gasp rapidly, violently. Her chest feels like someone is sitting on it, collapsing her sternum toward her spine. Minutes become enemies, and letting two or three pass is too many. So when she forgets to leave her rescue inhaler by her bed, she gropes and crawls down the stairs to find it. It’s the sort of thing that no one would consider ordinary—unless you've been living in the industrial suburbs south of downtown Detroit a long time. Then it passes for routine.
“I’m not aware that there was any follow-up action with that plan.”
“How can you ask to increase something like that, when people are already living here, as if it isn’t enough? When is somebody going to say, ‘No, hello, there’s people living right in the vicinity?’”
“The babies are born with it. The babies’ lungs never have a chance to develop normally in the womb because their mothers live in a high-pollution area. When a pregnant woman takes a breath, the tiny molecules of air pollution pass through her lungs and into her bloodstream, slipping into the blood cells—which flow to her fetus, delaying and damaging its lung development. The fetus’s lungs may grow fewer alveoli, the grape-like clusters in which air is taken and oxygen is separated and diffused to the blood."Perhaps more alarming, those same pollution molecules slip into the blood that feeds ovaries and testicles. If those are altered, so are the offspring created by the eggs and sperm those organs produce. In fact, Nadeau was able to infer that the genes of her Fresno patients were fundamentally altered so that they would be more likely to develop asthma and allergies. And of course, those genes could be passed down to their children, and their children’s children, even if those later generations have moved away and are no longer exposed to the pollution.
PLEASE give a FULL READ to NEWSWEEK Journalist ZOE SCHLANGER, who travelled to the city of RIVER ROUGE MI, in an attempt to unravel the truth behind why DETROIT MAKES YOU SICK.