Hundreds of Jobs and Reliable, Safe Energy Preserved
Concord, NH – Today Senate Republicans led efforts to kill SB 152, which called for a months-long delay of a mercury reduction project now underway at the Merrimack Station power plant in Bow. The project will protect communities downwind of Merrimack Station by reducing mercury emissions 80%.
“Merrimack Station provides abundant domestic energy to nearly two-thirds of the State at the cheapest rates in New England. This legislation is egregious for infringing on public health and costing hundreds of quality, high-paying jobs and I am pleased the Senate voted to kill this measure,” said Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford).
“We support the hundreds of hardworking men and women working at the Merrimack Station in Bow and are happy to see this legislation won’t be moving forward,” said Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry).
The scrubber installation was mandated by the Legislature in 2006 to protect New Hampshire's environment. “We recognized the public health hazard of mercury and implemented scrubber technology swiftly and in a bi-partisan manner three years ago," said Deputy Minority Leader Bob Odell (R-Lempster). "That health hazard still exists today. By killing this bill, we commit to moving forward with this important public health matter.”