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Monday, April 16, 2012

New EPA standards worthy of support

Letter to the Editor

For too long, power plants have emitted carbon pollution into our atmosphere without limit. This pollution fuels climate change, threatening our health with more unhealthy air days and extreme weather events.

On March 27, President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever carbon pollution standards for new power plants. These standards are a step in the right direction, for power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution – as well as mercury, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and dozens of other substances known to be hazardous to our health.

With some of the highest asthma rates in the country, New Hampshire can hardly afford to say no to the new standards. I urge the EPA to keep these standards strong and to develop standards for existing power plants.

Soon, the EPA will be accepting public comments, and it is critical that New Hampshire residents show support for this historic step in protecting our health and welfare.

Dana Niu

Environment New Hampshire