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Dr. Brita Lundberg, board chair of Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, said air pollution from wood-burning power plants leads to negative health outcomes for folks in neighboring communities – from heart disease, stroke and respiratory issues to lung cancer and pneumonia – and increases Medicare costs. She said asking taxpayers to subsidize the pollution of their own communities, or communities in neighboring states, is wrong.
“Air pollution kills more than 10,000 people in the U.S.; 600 people here in Massachusetts just last year,” Lundberg reported. “And a disproportionate number of those come from low-income and minority communities.”