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Syrian-born physician brothers call Montana “home”
Story and photos by St. James Healthcare
January 26, 2016
Home is where the heart is, and for Syrian-born physician brothers, Hassan and Marwan Massouh—“home” is southwest Montana. Hassan Massouh, MD has worked as a practicing radiologist in Helena and Butte since 2004. He was recently joined by his younger brother, Marwan Massouh, a medical oncologist/hematologist who began practicing at the St. James Healthcare Cancer Center in Butte in September of 2015.
The brothers’ decades-long journey to southwest Montana began more than 6,600 miles away in their native Syria. Though the American West may seem like an unlikely destination, both physicians agree that their parent’s emphasis on education, strong family values and Christian faith were paramount in their finding their way to the United States, and ultimately to St. James Healthcare in Butte.
According to Marwan, their parents met while students at Damascus University in the 1950s. His father, Ramez, was studying biology and chemistry, and his mother, Asma, was studying literature. The couple was married in 1956 and both worked as educators, until Asma left the workforce to concentrate on raising children. (Hassan, 58, and Marwan, 56, have two younger siblings; a sister, Masha, who is a school principal in Cleveland, Ohio; and a brother, Naji, who is a lawyer in Manhattan, NY.)
By STEPHEN DOW (This story originally appeared in the Billings Outpost. It appears here by permission.)
July 4, 2015
Deborah Courson Smith
HELENA, Mont. - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the costs of implementing smokestack technology to control mercury pollution should have been considered by the EPA before the agency proceeded to draft its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
While the ruling means the agency has to rewrite some components of the air pollution regulations, the new rules for power plants will remain in effect while a lower court reviews the case.
Anne Hedges, director of the Montana Environmental Information Center, says it won't mean much to the state because newer controls were put in place in 2010.
"It's hard to imagine that if EPA goes back and determines whether it's economic to install mercury controls on power plants, they wouldn't look at places like Montana and say, 'They did it five years ago. Of course it's economic,'" she says.
Besides mercury, the rule intends to curtail emissions of arsenic, chromium and hydrochloric acid gas.
Hedges says for plants where the new technology has not been installed yet, the court's ruling could delay implementation - and that puts people at risk. Mercury is a neurotoxin connected to heart and asthma problems.
"People all over the country are breathing air from power plants next door, and they deserve cleaner air," she says.
The EPA estimates the pollution controls will prevent about 11,000 premature deaths every year.