by Christian Poulsen and the King County International Airport Community Coalition
The Duwamish River Valley is home to some of the most vibrant and diverse communities in Seattle and King County. These neighborhoods have the least amount of green space available to residents, the lowest regional air quality, and host one of the most polluted sites in the country at the Lower Duwamish Waterway and Harbor Island Superfund sites. King-Boeing Field County International Airport (KCIA) is one of many sources of environmental pollution adjacent to these underserved and overburdened communities. Asthma rates in Georgetown and South Park are among the highest in the United States, and residents living within a mile of an airport can expect to live five years less than others, while mothers face a staggering 43% increase in the rate of premature births compared to the rest of King County.
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