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Catskill was pegged for nuclear plant 36 years ago

Jan 07, 2011 6:39 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200" caption="A classic Washington Post file photo from the days of the Three Mile Island nuclear power disaster, which ended the construction of new nuclear plants, including one pegged for Greene County, back in the late 1970s."][/caption]Carol Osterink of The Gossips of Rivertown wrote a great piece of contextualizing journalism yesterday tracing freshman Congressman Chris Gibson's recently stated intention to site nuclear power plants in his district back to a 1974 plan to build a nuclear power plant in the Greene County town of Catskill, in the community once known as Cementon and since renamed Smiths Landing. "The project, called the Greene County Nuclear Power Plant, was canceled in 1979, not long after the partial core meltdown at Three-Mile Island in Pennsylvania," Osterink writes. Further research unveils that, at the time 36 years ago, possible sites for a nuclear power plant, to be constructed by the New York State Power Authority, were reduced to two, both in Greene County. "The possible power plant sites are at the site of the Lehigh Cement Co. property in Cementon and a location near Athens, between the New York Central Rail Lines and Flats Road Extension." For Gossips full story click here.