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Letter: Alternative to Northern Pass

To the Editor:

The op-ed commentary “Northern Pass Remains a Flawed Proposal,” written by representatives of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Conservation Law Foundation and published Dec. 26, opposes Northern Pass. The purpose of Northern Pass is to bring additional electric power from HydroQuebec primarily to Massachusetts. New Hampshire residents are reasonably concerned about the intrusion of tall, high-voltage power lines passing through their forests and mountains.

Building power-generation plants near the populations that consume the power removes the need for long-distance power transmission lines, which are expensive and at risk of interruption from storms and terrorism. Small modular reactors are new nuclear power generators that can be located near the southern New England cities that need additional power. These safe, zero-carbon generators, being developed by nuclear industry leaders such as Westinghouse and Babcock & Wilcox, and being reviewed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, are ideal replacements for retiring coal-burning plants.

Robert Hargraves