The lot of us have lost another sizable manufacturing plant in our little town. It has been happening all around the country but when it hits close to home it can be honestly devastating. The upsetting thing is, this one actually could have been avoided if the proper technology had been implemented when complications first came up. The factory was told years ago that they needed to decrease the toxic emissions that the plant was sending out into the surrounding air which was compromising the air quality! Although the air quality in our region will be improved and the risk of health complications from that air will be significantly less, this means that hundreds of working people are out of work as a result of this change. All that the management at the plant had to do was utilize technology to make the air cleaner. The EPA made recommendations and even offered assistance in making the necessary changes. The company pretty much chose not to make the investments and tried to make small changes instead. These did not improve the air quality to the appropriate levels so the EPA closed them down. I know that the upper management didn’t unquestionably care because they made the money they wanted while the little guy basically got the shaft. Nowadays, people are less concerned about sizable factories and more concerned about the air, water, and health risks that are affected by all kinds of dangerous chemicals. I am too however I wish that the people who own these massive companies would make an investment in the future of the employees as well. Technology is out there that can easily make these big manufacturing safe for all involved. It is somewhat pricey, but, well worth it when it comes to ensuring the longevity of the those businesses.