Letter: Corette plant damages health of Billings residents – Billings Gazette, Oct. 23, 2012

October 23, 2012

Categories: Coal, Letters

http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/corette-plant-damages-health-of-billings-residents/article_b6e5f539-939b-551b-a3d2-c23067f95c00.html

When I heard that the Corette coal power plant was closing down, I felt relief. Having lived in Billings for 57 years, I raised my two daughters starting in the 1980s. Then our sulfur dioxide levels were the highest in the nation. Due to Corette and the other Yellowstone County polluters, my youngest daughter has asthma. She discovered this during track at Riverside, and unfortunately the condition is permanent.

The Corette and other polluters damage the health of people who breathe the dirty air. How unfair that the Corette plant has caused sickness in innocents.

The EPA is only making sure our children can grow up healthy: It is about time! Corette was built in 1968 before the main pieces of the Clean Air Act were passed, and consequently operated for most of its lifespan with little or no pollution control. After 44 years it is about time to clean up or shut down this polluter to protect our children’s health. Now with the closing of Corette, other moms can be assured that their children have a better chance to grow up without health problems.

My daughter is not the only Billings person to suffer air pollution. The results of toxic coal burning will linger here for years after the plant is closed.

Future energy should be nontoxic clean energy like the wind energy at Judith Gap.

Deborra Fischer
Billings

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