Ashley Lowery, Deseret News archives
Tesoro oil refinery

I am a retired school teacher and taught kindergarten for many years at Orchard and Adelaide Elementary schools in North Salt Lake. There were days when the air coming from the refineries looked and smelled so bad that our school would have to keep the students in from recess.

Some of my students suffered from asthma and were required to stay inside more often. The Utah Department of Health has found that more than 16 percent of children in North Salt Lake and Woods Cross have asthma, while the statewide average is 5 percent. Both cities are located close to five refineries. Also, Forbes magazine ranks the greater Salt Lake City as the ninth most toxic city in the country.

I strongly object to the current expansion plans of the Tesoro and Holly refineries on behalf of the children in our state who cannot speak for themselves but who will suffer the effects of polluted air caused by refinery expansion.

Joan Robison