Stop the Plant

No Danskammer Fracked Gas Plant!

 

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Press release: Danskammer appeal public hearing shows overwhelming opposition

On October 27th, 2021, NY’s Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) denied the Danskammer fracked gas power plant required permits. The decision will protect clean air and water in the Hudson Valley and town of Newburgh, and help New York achieve its emissions reductions targets under the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

On November 23, 2021 Danskammer requested an adjudicatory hearing to challenge DEC’s permit denial. The DEC held a public hearing in mid February, which turned out overwhelming opposition for the plant. On February 23rd, several members of the Stop Danskammer Coalition requested to participate in the legal trial-type hearings on Danskammer’s permit, expected to take place later this year. The groups urged DEC to consider evidence that will demonstrate that Danskammer’s project will interfere with New York State’s mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85% by 2050 and achieve a 100% zero-emissions electric sector by 2040. The DEC will hold an issues conference on March 16th to consider the requests for party status and proposed issues for litigation.

 

Advocates Are Confident Danskammer Permit Will Be Upheld By NY State

Stop the Plant

DANSKAMMER DENIED!

On October 27th, 2021, NY’s Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) denied the Danskammer fracked gas power plant required permits. The decision will protect clean air and water in the Hudson Valley and town of Newburgh, and help New York achieve its emissions reductions targets under the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). 

On November 23, 2021 Danskammer requested an adjudicatory hearing to challenge DEC’s permit denial. That hearing will commence early in the new year. Click here to view a statement from Scenic Hudson.

Who is Danskammer?

Owners of the Danskammer power plant on the Hudson River in the Town of Newburgh want to replace the current facility—which operates only a few days a year—with a new gas plant that will run nearly all the time.

Danskammer makes no sense:

Air Pollution

It will emit over 25 times more particulate matter—which can damage the heart and lungs—and more than 25 times more volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause short- and long-term health problems.

Wrong Time

NY is committed to combating climate change. A new Danskammer will accelerate it by emitting over 40 times more climate-warming greenhouse gases annually—the emissions equivalent of adding 217,000 passenger cars to Hudson Valley roads!

There are smarter alternatives. Clean energy offers comparable jobs—and more of them. Renewables growth means job growth.

A Step Backward

It will increase industrialization along the river when communities are working so hard to reclaim their waterfronts. And it doesn’t fit in with NY’s nation-leading climate change goals—to phase out all fossil-fuel electricity generation by 2040.

No Need

Forecasts by NY’s electricity grid operator found that even with Indian Point’s closure, electricity demands will be met without a new Danskammer—and with new renewable projects.

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