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04/27/2012

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Kudos to the four councilmembers for not caving to the political pressure of N&S.

Having spent years in chemistry class and learning about organic and inorganic chemical structure, students painfully learn that once a chemical bond is created, it is there for life. No scrubbers, or double landfill liners shield it from our lives. It will NEVER go away.

Ever tried to pick up a dollop of mercury? Hopefully you have not. But, it's pretty darn impossible! It cannot be contained and is one of the deadliest compounds known to man. It destroys the central nervous system, particularly for the developing brains of the next generation.

When coal plant proponents say 'this scrubber is the best,' don't believe them. Unless a scrubber filters 100% of waste, it's a farce. Even if it were possible, which it is not, then what do you do with the scrubber debris? Bury it in the ground to contaminate our water? Lace our drinking water with mercury, creating more developmental issues for the next generation? I think this debate is too civilized.

We need to start showing pictures of children with severe autism, COPD, cancer, etc. The unmistakable image of the children with Minimata Disease "mercury poisoning" in Japan during WWII. One accident at a coal plant, the same could happen.

I am sensitive to the economic struggles we all face, but it cannot be resolved at the expense of the next generation. That would be a sin in the eyes of the Lord.

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