Tonight’s weekly cable access show “Bridgeport Now” features the environmental watchdog Sierra Club at 8pm on Channel 88 to highlight why the Bridgeport Harbor Station coal plant in the South End should be closed. The Sierra Club claims it has been instrumental in putting more than 100 coal plants in the country on a retirement timeline since 2010 and preventing another 150 or so proposed plants from breaking ground. Is closing Bridgeport’s coal plant next?
The Sierra Club maintains the plant …
· is outdated and lacks modern pollution controls, making it a major source of mercury, soot, smog and global warming pollution.
· produced 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide, 1,264 tons of sulfur dioxide, 838 tons of nitrogen oxides and 26 pounds of mercury in 2008. That pollution threatens the health of our local families every single day.
· increases visits to the Emergency Room in Bridgeport by all ages caused by asthma (126.7 per 10,000) 3 times the rate of the rest of Connecticut (excluding Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury and Stamford).
. results in mortality rates with asthma as the underlying cause in Bridgeport (38 per 1,000,000) over 3 times the rate of the rest of Connecticut (excluding Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury and Stamford).
The owner of the plant PSEG has a different take www.pseg.com/family/power/fossil/responsiblecoal/.
What say you?