Danskammer opponents bring their case to governor’s doorstep

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ALBANY – On the same day as the owners of the Danskammer power plant file their application to construct a new gas-fired facility on the site of the old location in the Town of Newburgh, some 50 opponents brought their concerns to Albany.

The activists, led by the New York Public Interest Research Group, say the plant would be a major source of air pollution and it would be at odds with the goals in the new climate law championed by Governor Cuomo.

New Paltz NYPIRG organizer Eric Wood said the Department of Environmental Conservation pointed that out in Danskammer’s final stipulations filed on Friday, December 6. “It completely contradicts the recently passed CLCPA (Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act) that was passed by New York State that says we need to be on 100 percent renewable electricity by 2040,” he said. “So if Danskammer goes online, it will probably be the last fossil fuel power plant to go online in New York State but it still exceeds that timeline, so based on this they are on a clear violation of the recently passed CLCPA.”

The municipalities that have stated their opposition to Danskammer include the cities of Newburgh, Beacon, Kingston and Peekskill, the villages of New Paltz and Cold Spring, and the towns of Saugerties, New Paltz, Philipstown, Rosendale, Esopus, and New Castle.