Wednesday, March 7, 2018




DEC to keep close tabs on CPV

MIDDLETOWN – The steam blow testing of the CPV power plant in Wawayanda concluded on Tuesday and the facility is shut down for three weeks.

The testing has been with diesel fuel, which has resulted in plumes of steam, fumes and particulates over the area. CPV is planning on using natural gas once a pipeline lateral is completed.

The City of Middletown, which has hired a consulting company to monitor the operations and emissions, is working with CPV, other neighboring communities and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Mayor Joseph DeStefano briefed the community at Tuesday night’s common council meeting.

“The DEC will be at the site every day when the plant operates and starts up again in three weeks and through the commissioning testing period o0n fuel oil, which should end May 1st,” DeStefano said. “DEC will make sure that CPV operates the SCR and oxidation catalysts, air pollution control equipment whenever the turbines are running. The DEC will check to make sure that CPV keeps its commitments to run turbines at high load and high exhaust temperatures during the final commissioning period.”

As for arguments by opponents that the plant will eventually burn fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania, DeStefano said that 50 percent of the natural gas burned by Orange and Rockland Utilities is fracked gas.

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