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The appeal of the NYSDEC’s permit denial will play out this year against the The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act with an August 26, 2022 deadline.
And the fight for clean air and mitigation of climate change impacts in our region continues……
Danskammer Energy announced on 11/24/21 that it will appeal the NYSDEC 10/27/21 ruling that denied the required air permit for operation of the power plant in Newburgh.
In its denial, the NYSDEC stated “…..The proposed project would be inconsistent with or would interfere with the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits established in the Climate Act. Danskammer failed to demonstrate the need or justification for the proposed project notwithstanding this inconsistency.” Danskammer Energy says it disagrees with the denial saying the State DEC is holding them to “standards that don’t even exist.” The CLCPA was developed in response to the climate change crisis that mandates carbon emissions reductions. The law outlines goals of reaching 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 in New York, 100 percent zero-emission electricity by 2040 and an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The proposed expansion was the first large scale gas-fired power plant to be considered by state authorities since the 2019 passage of CLCPA.
One step forward in the fight for clean air in Orange County.
Updated testimony on the Danskammer proposal by Michael Edelstein.
Michael Edelstein, President Emeritus of Orange Environment Inc testified via written comments at the Danskammer Power Plant virtual hearing on 8/23/2021.
Read more…Testimony on the Danskammer Proposal
The study, which found greater depletion of carbon storage in the heavily deforested eastern Amazon, confirmed previous research that used satellites or hands-on measuring techniques.
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Presented to the record by Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D.
On March 31st of this year, our President Emeritus Michael Edelstein Ph.D. submitted comments for the public record on the Danskammer Power Plant proposal. OE opposes the current proposal being considered as a detriment to our region and the climate change crisis overall.
This is a useful piece of analysis apropos to the Rt 17 expansion here in Orange County. It details the impact of road expansion on issues of climate change and air pollution.