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August 4, 2010

Dear Editor,

As members of the medical community of Matagorda County, we would like to express our concerns regarding the proposed White Stallion Energy Center. There are many medical concerns both short and long term that will impact our county if this plant is allowed to locate here.

First, the emissions from the White Stallion smoke-stacks will be twelve times the total emission from all existing entities now in Matagorda County. All of the substances (toxins) are known to cause emphysema, COPD, childhood asthma, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and other respiratory conditions. The amount of lead emitted is estimated at 246 pounds per year, and lead toxicity levels are measured in micrograms. This can cause brain damage, anemia and even death. This does not measure the particulate matter (dust and soot) and the health problems exposure to particulate matter will cause.

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