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Portland General Electric’s Boardman plant should shut down before 2020. It’s time to transition from coal to clean energy technologies, which can provide Oregon citizens with good jobs. Continuing to burn coal at Boardman contributes to global warming, with the plant responsible for about 8% of all Oregon greenhouse gas emissions alone. The burning of coal at the plant emits mercury, among other pollutants. Mercury, once in the environment, never disappears. Instead, it becomes concentrated as it moves up the food chain. Along with other states, Oregon has issued warnings against eating fish caught in our rivers and lakes. Portland General Electric should do the right thing and close the Boardman plant by 2014.
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