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Danskammer Power Plant
Help us stop this proposed fossil-fuel plant; it 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.
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.
What’s the public health risk?
How can I get involved?
1. The state is currently deciding whether or not to approve plans for the new plant. Now is your chance to speak out. Submit an official comment opposing the proposal here.
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