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Letter: Coal pollution is bad for our health

Breathing has always been a problem for me and will continue to be for the rest of my life because I have asthma. I can’t cure this disease; all I can do is take my medicine and hope it stays under control. It’s something I wouldn’t wish on anyone, something I hope no one more will every have to deal with.

Unfortunately, that wish becomes less and less possible every day PSNH’s coal-fired power plant, Merrimack Station, continues to pollute the air. In the springtime, my asthma gets a lot worse because of my seasonal allergies, and I sometimes have to miss class at NHTI because of it. Luckily, for the most part I can prevent getting sicker with over-the-counter allergy medication. But what about the residents of Pembroke who have no control over the air they breathe? Claritin doesn’t work for coal pollution.

Living with asthma is my reality, and one I wish no one else had. Unfortunately, because of PSNH’s coal-burning Merrimack Station, that’s not our reality either.

NICK METCALF

Weare

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