FERC has overridden the DEC denial of the water permit for the Millennium pipeline, and that ruling has been upheld in court. Construction is proceeding, and the plant is scheduled to open in 2018. Many people worked hard on this issue. Many were mobilized who had never been active before. The struggle to move off fossil fuels has just begun.
Let Gov. Cuomo know you want him to rescind the permits for CPV considering the cloud of corruption that hangs over it, and urge him to take a more active part in moving to the future–no more fossil fuel plants, and more support for renewable energy, efficiency, and conservation. Call him at 518-474-8390.
The CPV gas power plant in Wawayanda would produce 650 MW and include two 275’ smoke stacks, a compressor station, a near million gallon diesel tank, a 15,000 gallon ammonia tank, and a connection to the Millennium Pipeline in Minisink.
SW has opposed the plant for the following reasons:
• The NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) allowed the Town of Wawayanda to assume lead agency for the review of the process. The town issued all approvals. Does it seem reasonable that a small town should have the responsibility to approve a large power plant?
• There were faults in the SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) process. For example, CPV claimed an “impact radius” of 5 miles. The standard air modeling analysis would be at least 30 miles for direct impacts. CPV also did not identify any “hot spots” that would receive more emissions because of topography and wind patterns, which are relevant in this area.
• Notification was inadequate. Only residents living within 500 feet were notified (in 2013, though the permitting process began in 2008).
Disregard of Health Impacts:
• The plant would annually produce 2.1 million tons of CO and 750 tons of volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, and formaldehyde. These products, which include carcinogens, neurotoxins, and/or endocrine disruptors, are a health threat. There was no health impact study.
Bribery Indictments of State Officials and CPV Lobbyist:
• NYS has brought bribery indictments against Joseph Percocco, a close aid of Gov. Cuomo, and Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr., who oversaw lobbying and public relations for the CPV corporation as it sought approvals for its Wawayanda plant. The trial has been postponed until at least this fall, or possibly early 2018. This bribery case calls into question the entire project, yet construction has proceeded.
Support of Fossil Fuel:
• The plant will use fracked gas. It would become part of a vast fracked gas infrastructure in NYS, which has banned fracking here because of health impacts.
• The greenhouse gases produced by this plant would contribute to climate change, which is already having impacts and must be addressed immediately to avoid catastrophic effects. We should not be locking ourselves into more fossil fuel infrastructure when we need to be concentrating on renewable energy, conservation, and efficiency.
No Need for the Energy:
• There is no current need for this power plant. Though it has been claimed that this plant will enable Indian Point Nuclear Plant to close, Indian Point is now operating at 43% capacity. If more power is needed in the future, it can be supplied by hydropower from Canada and wind and solar from NYS as well as upgrading the grid to advance renewables and efficiency.
• The NYS Independent Systems Operator has projected no need for new power plants since the increase in efficiency will offset any additional power needs for the next ten years.
This is not a “done deal.” Gov. Cuomo must approve a 401 Water Quality Certificate for the Valley Lateral Pipeline to connect with the plant. We can also ask for a Department of Health review. We can write letters to the editor. Many people do not know about this power plant. Let’s get the word out!