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Letter: Retire Bow power plant

I have a son who has asthma, and there are thousands of other people in New Hampshire who suffer from asthma, leaving them gasping for breath and clutching their inhalers.

The pollution, soot, smog, fine particulate matter and mercury being put into our air by burning coal at PSNH’s Merrimack Station in Bow is making not only my son’s illness worse, but everyone else’s as well. To add insult to injury, PSNH is charging me 15 percent more on my electricity bill each month for that dirty power that’s making my son sick! As Jan Edick stated in his Sept. 25 Monitor column, “Is PSNH on the wrong side of history,” “PSNH is fighting tooth and nail to retain and operate obsolete, dirty, inefficient and unprofitable generating facilities.”

I’m for clean air, and as a resident of Pembroke, I say Merrimack Station’s pollution in my community needs to stop. I want my family to be able to breathe clean air. I urge Gov. Maggie Hassan and PSNH to take the responsible action and retire Merrimack Station – for cleaner air, cheaper electricity and so my son can breath easier again.



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