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CPV opponents return with call to shut down the power plant



Among those at the protest were members of the Wawayanda Six, who were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.

WAWAYANDA – Less than a year after the CPV electric generating plant opened and even longer after it was first proposed, the debate around its very existence has not dimmed in its intensity. In fact, for a group of protesters gathered in front of the plant on Route 6, Saturday, to say this is a matter of life and death.


Community organizer and former State Senate candidate Pramilla Malick was there to lead the group of around 50 protesters.

"The first step is to get this plant and others like it shut down," Malick said.

"Without taking that step we can't move onto the next phase in the Green New Deal."
The only thing more clear than the crystal blue skies outside the controversial plant Saturday, was the resolve of the protesters in attendance. After an unseasonably warm stretch, Saturday morning was extremely cold and windy.
The group spent the first part of the peaceful protest walking up and down the shoulder of Route 6 nearest the plant holding signs expressing their disapproval. After a brief period of gathering all in attendance together, the group formed into a tight lineup as they attentively listened to an impassioned Malick speak.
The strong opposition to the CPV plant stretches beyond the Orange County borders. Several of Saturday's protesters hailed from outside the area, including Jordan Dale of Nanuet.
"This plant is one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the state," Dale said. "Its presence is literally criminal given the bribes it took to build it."
"We need renewable energy" another protester from Rockland who wished to be identified only as Susan said. "We have less than 12-years to make big changes and focus on our planet’s future."
Among the changes Susan floated were more electric car charging stations and solar micro grids.

 


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