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Letter: Bad for our health

Recently I’ve seen a lot of controversy involving the Merrimack Station coal-fired plant – how it is a good thing for New Hampshire, how it keeps jobs and provides energy when the need for energy this year has been so high. I’ve also seen a lot of negatives – how it’s outdated and hurts the environment and people’s health.

I’d rather see the plant used for something far less hazardous or not used at all. Burning coal creates millions of tons of hazardous waste in the form of fly ash, bottom ash and flue-gas desulfirization sludge, which contains a multitude of heavy metals. People in the area breath in this air daily; some of them have illnesses that affect their lungs and breathing ability. Do you really think the wellness of the people comes second to the continued use of the plant? I do not.



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