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Experts Warn of Health Risks From Dust in Air

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While we may think we're used to the wind here in the Columbia Basin, it's what the wind stirs up that can actually be dangerous to our health. While we may think we're used to the wind here in the Columbia Basin, it's what the wind stirs up that can actually be dangerous to our health.

NBCRightNow.com - Wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour are causing some problems around the region on Friday. While we may think we're used to the wind here in the Columbia Basin, it's what the wind stirs up that can actually be dangerous to our health.

In large open spaces like big construction sites in Pasco, the wind is even stronger and dust becomes an issue. It gets in your eyes and eventually in your lungs.

According to air quality experts, the dust can even be deadly for the elderly or people with asthma. It's not something noticed immediately but living in this region and inhaling dust over time is almost as bad as inhaling smoke.

"People with respiratory or cardiac ailments are probably even more sensitive to these things when the dust does come up so everyone probably needs to pay attention and when it's dusty try to limit your outdoor activity. Stay inside filtered air as much as you can," said Robin Bresley Priddy, Benton Clean Air Agency.

To keep the dust from blowing construction workers drive around in big water tank trucks and spray thousands of gallons of water all day. While some builders do a great job of keeping the dust in control, others are failing.

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