Cricket Valley concerns
Governor Cuomo and Attorney General Schneiderman are suing the EPA because air pollution from other states is damaging air quality in New York.
Cuomo:"With this action, New York makes it clear that we will not stand idly by as other states shun their responsibility to keep our nation's air quality safe."
Schneiderman: "Millions upon millions of New Yorkers are still breathing unhealthy air due to smog pollution, a huge amount of which is blowing into New York from upwind states..."
in 2012 the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation approved the construction of the Cricket Valley Energy Center, a 1100 Megawatt generating plant, in Dover Plains.
This plant will burn methane (natural gas). It will emit a minimum of 100 Tons per year, and may legally emit up to 280 Tons per year, of Nitrogen Oxides, which contribute to the formation of ozone and smog pollution--causing asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and COPD.
The Cricket Valley plant will be located within 3/4 mile of the Dover Plains High School and Middle School campus.
NY State has an apparent dual policy about air pollution:
A) Breathing polluted air coming from hundreds of miles away is not acceptable;
B) Breathing polluted air produced by a plant 3/4 of a mile away is acceptable for High School and Middle School students, who constitute a "vulnerable population".
Governor and Attorney General, thank you for protecting us from out of state pollution. Please, could you also protect the children of Dover Plains from Cricket Valley Energy?