News : Rally against Schiller Station held

Oct 11, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald on October 10th, 2013

PORTSMOUTH — Peter Egelston, owner of Smuttynose and Portsmouth breweries, said he grew up in the "brown blanket" of Los Angeles before federal clean-air policies were instituted.

He said he moved to New Hampshire 22 years ago for its "natural beauty," which he said he will never take for granted. Egelston joins 54 other businesspeople from the Seacoast in supporting the efforts of Citizens for Clean and Fair Power. The group is working to retire the coal- and wood-fire burning Schiller Station in Portsmouth.

"I think that burning coal in an antiquated plant so close to the beautiful Seacoast is not good practice, and it's not good policy," Egleston said at a press conference Wednesday that was called by the group.

Citizens for Clean and Fair Power has, so far, gathered 645 signatures on petitions calling for Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Legislature to retire Schiller Station. Charlotte Olena, of the Toxics Action Center, which is working with the group, said the goal is to submit petitions with a minimum of 1,200 signatures.

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