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InvestigateWest and KCTS 9 co-produce "Breathing Uneasy," a look at the air pollution crisis in South Seattle

“Breathing Uneasy” is the result of a collaboration between InvestigateWest and KCTS 9. Veteran environmental reporters Robert McClure of InvestigateWest and Jenny Cunningham of KCTS 9 spent six months examining the impact of truck traffic on the communities that border the Port of Seattle, an area that new studies say has some of the worst air in the state. Their stories detail how toxic emissions from diesel trucks endanger residents of some of Seattle’s poorest communities, but also contain lessons and implications for any area dealing with major roadway traffic near schools and residential neighborhoods.

In addition, McClure and Cunningham examine how Port of Seattle Chief Executive Officer Tay Yoshitani helped oppose changes in legislation that would have made trucks cleaner, despite his promise to make Seattle the “cleanest, greenest, most energy-efficient port in the U.S.”

A special report on air pollution, co-produced by InvestigateWest and KCTS 9,  will air on KCTS Connects Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Click here to view the video.

To read the stories on Crosscut, click here.  And you can listen to Robert McClure discuss the issue with Ross Reynolds on The Conversation during the noon hour Tuesday, June 14 on KUOW 94.9 FM.

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Fairbanks wrestles with air pollution -- who should enforce law?

Wintertime air pollution -- fueled by wood- and coal-burning stoves -- has reached such an unhealthy level in Fairbanks, Alaska, that officials say a crackdown is needed. Fairbanks Mayor Jim Whitaker told Christopher Eshelman of the Fairbanks News-Miner that particulate pollution is definitely unhealthy: "That science is intact, it's legitimate. So now the simple question is about alleviating the problem." Borough officials are wrestling with whether the state or the borough should enforce air-pollution regulations.