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DEATH IN THE AIR: Air Pollution from Phosphate Fertilizer Production Its up to the branches of the government to improve the quality of life for the community of Rapid Steps. Toxic waste is being emitted from the phosphate fertilizer plant at an alarming rate. The concentration of sulfuric, hydrofluoric, fluorosilicic, and phosphoric acids in the air is high enough to cause a burning sensation on the lips and nostrils. The toxic fumes also cause burning and blurring in the eyes and a throat irritation that leads to choking and coughing. Since the fumes are very acidic, it is effecting the health of the residents and the physical quality of life factor. A situation similar to this took place in Hamilton County, Florida. A worker for the Occidental Chemical Corporation was diagnosed with toxic brain syndrome. He suffered from auto- immune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, liver dysfunction, toxic myopathy, cardiac arrhythmia, and many more. It would be tragic to have the same things happen to the workers of the fertilizer plant and citizens of Rapid Steps. If the behaviour of the fertilizer plant continues, its conduct could affect both humans and the environment negatively. The pollution in the air will bind with water molecules. When the water precipitates it will come down as acid rain. When the rain containing pollution eventually returns to the river, it could have disastrous consequences. Many citizens have already noticed a decreased population of fish in the
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  • Winter '17
  • John Travis
  • pH, Pollution, Separation of Powers, Acid rain, algae bloom

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