Danskammer Power Plant

Help us stop this proposed fossil-fuel plant that will pollute our air, land and water and is contrary to New York’s goal of transitioning to clean energy.

What’s the plan?

The owner of the Danskammer power plant on the Hudson River in the Town of Newburgh proposes replacing the current facility — which operates less than five percent of the time — with one that will run virtually nonstop.

On March 1, 2021, Danskammer’s application was deemed complete by the New York State Siting Board. This marks the commencement of the Article 10 permitting process, which can last from 12-18 months. During this time, trial-type evidentiary hearings will be held, along with opportunities for public comments. 

What’s at stake?

Here are seven reasons why a new Danskammer makes no sense:

  • Wrong place: the site is very prone to flooding
  • Wrong time: NY is committed to combating climate change; this plant will accelerate it
  • A step backward: increasing industrialization of the riverfront
  • Air pollution: more than 10 times the annual emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides, ozone, particulate matter and greenhouse gases than the current plant
  • Water pollution: potential spills from 3 million gallons of stored diesel fuel
  • No need: other renewable projects can meet projected demand
  • Smarter alternatives: clean energy offering comparable jobs

What’s the alternative?

On December 16, 2020, Scenic Hudson hosted an online briefing to present the findings of independent experts in energy finance and landscape about how a utility-scale battery storage facility could provide long-term benefits to the local economy, cause no health-harming air pollution and help combat the climate crisis.

Recording of online briefing from December, 2020.

What’s the public health risk?

How can I get involved?

1. Add your name to this petition the growing number of concerned citizens calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and D.E.C. Commissioner Basil Seggos to say NO to the proposed fracked gas-fired Danskammer power plant on the Hudson riverfront in the town of Newburgh.

2.  Call your New York State Senator and Assembly member and tell them why we don’t need a new Danskammer.

3.  Call your local elected officials and get their support for stopping this project.

4.  Over the next year, trial-type evidentiary hearings will be held, along with opportunities for public comments. Subscribe to updates to make sure you are informed about all of the upcoming public comment opportunities:

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