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Letter: New power plant standards are critical

Recently a World Health Organization agency officially listed air pollution from power plants, transportation and other industrial emissions as a leading cause of cancer across the globe. Yep, that’s right, a carcinogen, joining the ranks of tobacco, asbestos and ultraviolet radiation. The new WHO agency listing underscores the urgency of addressing pollution that spews from our smokestacks. It’s crystal clear: If we do not change course, we will commit our children to a future of continued health risks and global warming-fueled extreme weather disasters.

By setting strong carbon standards for power plants, we can fight climate change and reduce other dangerous pollutants, preventing cases of cancer and premature deaths. Thankfully, the Obama administration has a plan to address the biggest source of carbon pollution – power plants, and doing so will cut down on the air pollution making us sick. I urge Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen to stand up in support of these critical public health safeguards.



(The writer is a field associate with Environment New Hampshire.)

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