By KEVIN BAIRD Today’s News-Herald
KINGMAN — One thing was clear after Wednesday night’s meeting in which people sought answers about so-called chemtrails. There’s a group of people throughout Mohave County who are concerned about high levels of heavy metal in their blood and they don’t know what caused it.
State Sen. Kelli Ward invited her constituents to meet with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials at the Mohave County administration building, so they could address their concerns about what they believe is poor air quality caused by vapor trails from passing jets. Some people believe there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the condensation trails.
Those attending Wednesday’s meeting told Ward and ADEQ officials variations of the “chemtrails” conspiracy, often blaming jet emissions for the metal in their blood.
Ward told her constituents that the air monitor at the Kingman airport showed nothing unusual in its air-quality samples.
Ward said last week that she is confident that the air and water in Mohave County are safe and pointed to naturally occurring minerals that could account for heightened levels of mercury and other minerals in blood tests.
Because of her medical background and her masters degree in public health, Ward said she is concerned that so many people are reporting health problems because of metal in their blood. She added that she is curious about the possible causes.
“Something is out there that is causing these health problems and it can be very difficult to pinpoint the source,” Ward said. She added that conducting more soil, water, and air tests could be helpful.
Ward said she would consider bringing officials form the Arizona Department of Health Services to a future public forum to discuss the issue of metal content in blood.
Sherri Zendri, administrative counsel at ADEQ, said if people want to learn more about aircraft emissions, or contrails, the Federal Aviation Administration would be the source, since the FAA has jurisdiction over administrative.
“I am not here to debate the science behind aircraft emissions. I am not a scientist. I am here to tell you where you can get some information,” she said.
Zendri also encouraged people to seek answers from their doctors for questions about metal content in their blood.
Source: Today’s News Herald