Bridgeport can lead to coal-free future — Commentary

Dec 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Top Story

Ever noticed that red and white smokestack looming over Bridgeport, occasionally billowing clouds of black smoke? You can see it from almost any point in the city. This is the Bridgeport Harbor coal plant and it’s the last coal-burning power plant in Connecticut. What you cannot always see are the six schools and University of Bridgeport located within only a mile of this plant. Why is this a problem, you ask?

The NAACPrecently released its 2012 Cold Blooded Report, and of the nation’s 378 coal plants, the Bridgeport Harbor power plant ranks as the 10th worst environmental justice offender.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, Physicians for Social Responsibility and American Lung Association have spoken to the possible health impacts from burning coal

State Rep. Ezequiel Santiago represents the 130th Assembly District, which covers the South End of Bridgeport, where the Bridgeport Harbor generating plant is located.

For more on this story, visit: Bridgeport can lead to coal-free future – Connecticut Post.

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