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Criticism grows on new Peabody peaker plant

The Salem News

Dr. Brita Lundberg, board chair for the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, gave comment Wednesday night over Zoom. Lundberg urged the DEP to consider the cumulative effects of building the plant in a heavily polluted area, especially since peaker plants burn dirtier than plants that run consistently, she said.

“They only operate at peak hours so they start up and they stop a lot,” Lundberg said. “That’s a health problem because peaker power plants emit three to seven times more pollutants, like oxides of nitrogen, during startup than during one hour of full load operation.”

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