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Jennifer Samson, 43, sits with her relative and closest friend Russell Samson who passed away Friday, August 3, 2012 from cancer. Though it can not be proved, many people on the reservation suffering from health issues, believe the enormous number of deaths are because of the coal plant next door. Sierra Club is working with the Moapa Band of Paiutes to transition NV Energy away from the Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant -- which sits only 45 miles from Las Vegas and a short walk from community housing at the Moapa River Indian Reservation. The Reid Gardner coal plant is literally spewing out tons of airborne pollutants such as mercury, nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, and greenhouse gases. This has resulted in substantial health impacts on the Moapa community, with a majority of tribal members reporting a sinus or respiratory ailment.
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