While the Newburgh Town Board was hearing a presentation on the proposed Danskammer Energy Project, a similar discussion was taking place a few miles away at Newburgh City Hall, where the council voted to table a resolution to oppose the project.
After a presentation by Howard Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of Danskammer Energy, and a large outpouring of support from laborers and businesses in the region, the council voted unanimously to table the resolution for further consideration.
The resolution predicts serious environmental impacts if the project were passed. The resolution predicts the proposed plant will burn more fossil fuels and produce more air pollutants than the current plant.
“Children, the elderly and anyone with pre-existing health conditions affecting their lungs such as asthma or emphysema is especially harmful, whereas air quality in the Hudson Valley already violates federal air quality standards on some days,” read the resolution. “Everyone has the right to clean air and a safe and healthy environment.”
Passing this resolution would put the City of Newburgh in opposition of the plant, and encourages neighboring municipalities to do the same. The city would send a proposal to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to put the plant before the Power Plant Sitting Board, where Danskammer Energy’s application will be reconsidered.