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Danskammer appeals DEC permit denial

Nov 25, 2021 5:30 am

Cloey Callahan is reporting for the Times Union Danskammer Energy announced November 24, its intention to appeal the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision to deny an air permit for its new natural gas-fired power plant near Newburgh. The DEC in October struck down the company's proposed project in the mid-Hudson Valley, saying it did not comply with New York’s new climate law. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act was adopted in 2019 and calls for sharp reductions in the use of fossil fuels, such as the natural gas that would power the Danskammer facility. “We believe DEC is holding Danskammer to standards that don’t even exist because the Climate Action Council has yet to issue guidance on what it means to be consistent with the state’s new climate law,” said Bill Reid, CEO of Danskammer Energy, in a press release. The energy company had been seeking authorization to construct a new power generation facility near Newburgh in Orange County and submitted its application to the DEC in December 2019. “...[The] DEC’s decision to deny our Title V Air Permit was unjustified, and not in the best interests of New York residents or their future power needs,” Reid said. Other groups, including Orange County Partnership, the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, expressed support for Danskammer Energy’s decision to appeal. The DEC’s decision in October came after a comprehensive review of Danskammer’s application and supporting materials, as well as more than 4,500 public comments received on the project between June and September of this year. Danskammer estimates that its proposed natural gas-fired combined-cycle power generation facility could provide up to 600 megawatts of power. Read the full story in the Times Union.