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Sumon S., MS

My father passed away from COPD as a result of an infection acquired during surgery performed in Kolkata, India where the air has a high level of pollution compared to most U.S. cities. The volume of air pollution in India makes post-operative lung infections extremely common for seniors.

We do not need to take away the teeth from regulations that may increase the chances of such infections like my father had. For me, it is extremely personal. I believe anyone who is working to relax existing air quality regulations is simply driven by greed.

As a cleantech entrepreneur, I do not buy into the lies that air quality regulations are an impediment to business. On the contrary, reducing pollution opens up more avenues for genuine solution providers while eliminating unproductive greed.

First published: November 9, 2011

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