The director of the National Environmental Health Association believes one day many pollutants from fossil fuel combustion will be greatly reduced. Dr. David Dyjack delivered the keynote address Tuesday at Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Health Sciences Scholars Day. Dyjack says studies in California indicate current day emissions still contribute to environmental health concerns. “Living close to train yards where there is diesel engines being used, living close to roadways and the like can affect the health of children and frankly we’re seeing evidence that the unborn are affected as well,” said Dyjack.
Dyjack says many people today are making health decisions based on personal values and beliefs with less attention being given to data-driven reports. He says significant work remains to eradicate lead exposure, particularly for those marginally housed. “The evidence is all around us that lead intervention programs, cleaning up environmental lead related to paint and the like in communities is highly effective,” Dyjack explained. “But, we just can’t get the resources to go that last step and reduce all the exposure to the most vulnerable of U.S. citizens.”
Dyjack says there’s a need to invest the financial resources necessary to squeeze out the last of the lead in the United States. He says the contamination problem found in Flynt Michigan was just one example of the remaining lead issues.
The annual Scholars Day event at EKU’s Center for the Arts included poster presentations by 129 students from the College of Health Sciences.