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Cleaning up the Dirty Coal-Burning Schiller Power Plant

Protect Seacoast families from coal pollution

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, voters in the town of Eliot will decide whether to send a Clean Air Act letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking it to investigate Schiller’s air pollution and to work with the owners of the power plant to clean it up to meet current federal health and safety air quality standards.

To learn more about the issues, see the resources below and to get involved in the Yes on 2 campaign in Eliot, contact us at maine.chapter@sierraclub.org.

Click HERE for data from the EPA concerning the Pierce Island Air Monitor.


The Schiller Station coal plant is a bad neighbor. Located on the banks of the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth on the Maine-NH border and built more than half a century ago, Schiller is a major polluter that threatens the health and safety of families in the Seacoast. The City of Portsmouth and the Maine towns of South Berwick, Eliot, and Kittery are directly in the "plume" of Schiller'ssulfur dioxide pollution.

The Schiller Plant's dangerous emissions are predicted to cause York County, Maine to fail the federal health standard for the powerful pollutant sulfur dioxide, which worsens adult and pediatric asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and other respiratory and pulmonary diseases.

Schiller puts peoples health at risk:

In Maine's York County, 42,452 children and 30,512 adults ages 65 and older are at-risk for chronic respiratory and pulmonary illnesses such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, according to the American Lung Association.

Maine's Department of Health and Human Services reports that 16% of 5th and 6th graders in York County were diagnosedwith asthma in 2009, and nearly 1,140 emergency department visits were due to asthma in 2008.

It's time to clean up Schiller Station.

Since the 1950's the Schiller coal plant has been spewing pollution into the air making kids sick and raising health care costs. But we can protect Seacoast families by urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce Clean Air Act health-based standards to clean up Schiller Station. Contact us at maine.chapter@sierraclub.org to get involved.


 
 
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