When I was growing up in the 1950s we didn’t have all this sickness before the industrial facilities came to Mossville. Now, it’s so common to know people who frequently go to the doctor for all kinds of health problems. It’s really scary to find that so many of my relatives and neighbors are suffering from cancers, endometriosis, and asthma. I’m talking about teenage girls with endometriosis and young children who have asthma attacks all the time. I am concerned about the future for my family and my community.
—Dorothy Felix, Mossville resident
Mossville residents are surrounded by 14 toxic industrial facilities, several of which routinely release dioxins into the air, water, and land. Residents have long complained about health problems that a university health study has linked to industrial pollution. However, governmental agencies continue to issue permits which allow the industrial facilities to increase the amount of toxic pollution, including dioxins, that they release into the Mossville community.
46% of nonsmokers reported respiratory illnesses, such as persistent bronchitis, shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing up blood