Time to shutter coal-fired power plants

August 23, 2012

I applaud the Maryland Sierra Club for taking a stand against the C.P. Crane and H.A. Wagner coal-fired power plants. It is high time for Maryland to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Retiring the Crane and Wagner plants is a major step in the right direction. Both of these plants are outdated and exceed safe limits for sulfur dioxide pollution that can cause respiratory illnesses, heart attacks, and stroke.

African-Americans are disproportionately affected by this pollution: nearly 1 in 10 African-American adults in Maryland has asthma. Asthma prevalence in African-American children is 60 percent higher than the prevalence among Caucasian children, according to Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene statistics. Retiring these dangerous and outdated power plants is the right choice for the health of our environment and our communities.

Sarah Peters, Monrovia

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