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Hudson Common Council takes position against Danskammer expansion

May 31, 2020 5:45 am
Abby Hoover is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the city of Hudson is the 19th municipality in the Hudson Valley to oppose the $400 million expansion of the Danskammer Generating Station in Newburgh. The proposal calls for building a gas-fired power plant next to an existing peaker plant that would provide more than 500 megawatts of generating capacity. According to the environmental group Food and Water Watch, because the new project is located in a flood-prone area on the Hudson River, it could present serious dangers to both the public health and the environment. Opponents have emphasized the potential impact on local air pollution and an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The Hudson Common Council May 19, unanimously approved a resolution expressing opposition to the proposal to repower Danskammer. “From all sides of the city we understand that renewable energy is our future, and gas-fired power plants are the past,” 1st Ward Alderwoman Rebecca Wolff said. According to the resolution, the proposal if approved, will continue the state’s reliance upon fossil fuels and will not promote the state’s climate change policy. “It is great news that Hudson is joining communities up and down the Hudson River Valley that are standing up to say no to this dirty, polluting power plant,” said Food and Water Action organizer Emily Skydel. “In the midst of a deadly pandemic that is especially dangerous to populations exposed to air pollution, it would be irresponsible to allow this project to go forward.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.
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