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Opinion: Tractor pull has negative effects

As recently reported in the Addison Independent, the Addison County Benefit Tractor Pull is surely a benefit for local families in need. But the image in the article showing a truck participating in the tractor pull belching out black diesel soot shows that this event is a serious detriment as well.
What is in that black diesel soot? The EPA tells us that emissions from diesel exhaust can lead to serious health conditions like asthma and allergies, and can worsen heart and lung disease, especially in vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly. The EPA also states that diesel engines emit particulate matter (soot); nitrogen oxides, which contribute to the production of ground-level ozone (smog) and acid rain; hydrocarbons; air toxics; and black carbon. These emissions can damage plants, animals, crops and water resources, and contribute to climate change.
These type of events have long established traditions in our communities. But now that we know about the adverse health and environmental impacts such events can cause, we need to think about turning to benefits that do not compromise on benefits.
Wayne Michaud
Bristol

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