Danskammer Power Plant

With your help, plans to build this fossil-fuel plant that would pollute our air, land and water have been put on hold!

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 October 27, 2021 state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied an air permit for the power plant. 

This means that Danskammer cannot build a new polluting plant.

This is a huge victory in the campaign to Stop the Plant — essential for confronting the climate crisis. The DEC agrees with us that by spewing millions of pounds of climate-warming emissions, Danskammer would make it harder to achieve the state’s clean energy goals. It also affirms that there’s no need for energy from a new fossil-fuel plant.

Thanks to all of you who submitted comments urging the DEC to take this step, which steers a path toward socially just climate solutions that benefit all people (especially Newburgh residents, who already suffer from high rates of respiratory illness) without polluting valley communities. 

Read the DEC’s decision here.

On November 24, Danskammer submitted a formal request to the DEC for a hearing on the agency’s denial of a required air permit for the project. 

Although the battle for clean air isn’t over, the air permit denial is a huge win for our communities and a major step toward socially just regional climate solutions. Stay tuned for other ways you can #DefendTheValley as our work on this campaign continues.

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?

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