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Greene County Legislature officials concerned about Catskill proposal

Feb 12, 2024 12:56 pm

Cassie Abel reports for HudsonValley360.com that some Greene County legislators have taken an interest in a project before the Catskill Planning Board. They are worried about a proposed battery storage site on Route 9W. John Farrell, county director of Emergency Services, said at the Feb. 7 Greene County Legislature meeting that he is concerned with possible fires, and and spoken with local emergency services officials, local fire departments, and the company in charge of the facility to prepare for fires or potential emergency calls at the site. Farrell said, “I’ve spent the past month reviewing emergency plans for that location and had the opportunity to reach out to several different folks.... First, was New York State Homeland Security to talk about three accidents and I then reached out to fire coordinators in the Hudson Valley Region. Warren Hart (deputy county administration) and I met with Ed Dolan (first assistant chief of the Catskill Fire Department) and Paul Rogers (co-founder) from the Energy Safety Response Group and also Justin Adams of Eolian.” Greene County Legislator Michael Bulich, a Republican from Catskill, said, “There’s no putting the fire out, you just have to let it burn, and so you’re only trying to suppress the smoke a little bit.... Prevailing wind takes it right into the Village of Catskill. We’ll be smelling it right here.” The Town of Catskill Planning Board looks at the proposal again at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 27. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.