Air Equality – Richmond County Goes Online

May 24, 2018

Concerned Citizens of Richmond County

Concerned Citizens of Richmond County

 

Richmond County is known for authentic, small southern towns. From the railroad history in Hamlet, the historic courthouse town of Rockingham, and the Discovery Place-KIDS center, Richmond County has a lot to offer residents and visitors.

It’s also home to quite a few large industries, and a disproportionate share of health effects from air quality.

Morbidity and mortality

In 2014, asthma was listed as the primary diagnosis in 611 Richmond County emergency department (ED) visits. This occurred at almost 3x the rate at the state level (Figure 2a).

At a cost of $14,420/case, Richmond County residents spend approximately $1.4 million per year on asthma hospitalizations and approximately $3.8 million per year on COPD hospitalizations ($18,532/case) every year.

Between 2011-2015, 177 people died from respiratory diseases in Richmond County. The mortality rate due to chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRDs) in Richmond County is consistently higher than the NC rate (Figure 2b). Poor air quality may also increase the morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular diseases.

Call to Action

 

That’s why the Concerned Citizens of Richmond County have begun monitoring the air in their community. Nearby power plants, train yards,  and upcoming wood pellet facility have the residents worried that their health will be negatively impacted by the industrial growth in the area. Growth may seem good for every economy, but when it comes to dangerous pollutants emitted from the incoming businesses, the costs can outweigh the benefits.

Clean Air Carolina is committed to standing with communities in the mission to ensure representation in matters of environmental health concerns. That’s why Calvin Cupini, our Citizen Science Program Manager traveled to Richmond County to personally meet with the residents, and install a monitor at the home of one of their members.  Citizen Science is all about crowd-sourcing data for the greater good, however, the most important part of crowd-sourcing is the crowd.  AirKeepers like the Concerned Citizens of Richmond County are the champions for what can ensure the area remains a healthy and historic place to live.

Calvin A. Cupini

Calvin A. Cupini

Program Manager - Citizen Science

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