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Governor Howard Dean

109 State Street, Pavilion

Montpelier, Vt 05609-0101

Senator James Jeffords
728 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Senator Patrick Leahy
433 Russell Senate OfficeBuilding
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Congressman Berine Sanders

2135 Rayburn H.O.B,

Washington, DC 20515

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           Dear, REPRESENTATIVE NAME

           Forest ecosystems are a cornerstone in the foundation of Vermont's rural landscapes. The health of Vermont's forests plays a major role in the economic, social and ecologically stability of Vermont. The forests provide Vermont with wildlife habitat, biological diversity, forestry jobs, numerous recreational opportunities, and a beautiful landscape. It is essential to maintain these values so future generations are able to enjoy the beauty of Vermont's rural landscapes.

Over past two decades scientists, researchers, and foresters have watched Vermont forest health decline. The reason for the decline in forest health has been consistently linked to acid deposition. I do not favor the Bush Administration’s views that companies adding or modifying new sources of air emissions should be exempt from the New Source Review (NSR) of the Clean Air Act. The Clinton Administration took a step in the right direction by limiting further emissions in the United States of America by implementing the NSR.

I feel that is a bad choice for the coal burning power plants with new emissions sources to be exempt from the NSR now that the Bush administration is in office. The NSR was created by the Clinton Administration to protect and promote human health and the environment. The reversal of the NSR would be a major loss for the American public that appreciates the majestic forest ecosystems of Vermont and the United States. What will you do to minimize acid deposition in Vermont’s forests? I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

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           Dear, REPRESENTATIVE NAME

Vermont is economically dependent on the health of its forest ecosystems. Forestry jobs, recreational opportunities, wood products and maple syrup provide Vermont with revenues that support the economic system. Vermont forest ecosystems have experienced an increase in acidic deposition while utility companies have benefited from being exempt from pollutant emission regulations.

The Clean Air Act, which was enacted in 1970, was designed to improve national air quality. At the time it allowed the oldest and dirtiest power plants to be exempt from the legislation because the utilities industry had concerns with the economic impacts of the Clean Air Act. Congress allowed the exemptions based on the reasoning that the dirtiest and oldest power plants would soon be replaced by new state of the art technologies.

30 years after the Clean Air Act some of these power plants are still in use, operating at the same standards as negotiated in 1970. These dirty power plants are contributing to the acidic deposition issues in the state of Vermont today. Vermont’s economic, social and ecological wellbeing is being disrupted by utility industry.

“The Clean Smokestack Act” is essential to maintain Vermont’s well being. This legislative act is designed to 1) modernize old over-polluting facilities in five years 2) and requires power plants to retrofit their facilities to modern standards once they are 30 years old. The focus of the “The Clean Smokestack Act” is to minimize national pollutant emissions in a cost-effective method. The goal of “The Clean Smokestacks Act” is to improve national air quality.

It is important to Vermont’s economic, social, and ecological well being that “The Clean Smokestack Act” continues to further the goal of improving national air quality and reducing pollutant emissions.

Sincerely,

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