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Cleaning Up the Danskammer Coal-Fired Power Plant

The Danskammer Plant is located along the shore of New York's Hudson River.

The Danskammer Plant, located along New York's Hudson River, is one of the state’s oldest and dirtiest coal plants.

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The Danskammer Plant, located along the shore of the Hudson River in the town of Newburgh, New York, has been responsible for more toxic pollution than nearly all of the total 646 industrial sites in the state and numerous violations of federal air quality standards. According to EPA data, in 2009, the Danskammer plant dumped more than 1.5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Newburgh’s air, land, and water.

One of New York state’s oldest and dirtiest coal plants, the Danskammer Plant has been shut down since October 2012.

The Sierra Club, NPCA, and Earthjustice took action in 2012 to demand modern pollution controls at the plant that would limit harmful air pollution. In December 2012, the plant’s then-owner, Dynegy Inc., announced it was selling the plant in bankruptcy proceedings and the plant would be torn down following its sale. But in November 2013, new owner Helios Power Capital indicated that it is evaluating the possibility of bringing the plant back into operation.

The groups are moving to revive an earlier lawsuit to ensure the plant doesn’t reopen.

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May 20, 2014 | Letter

Letter to the New York State Public Service Commission

In the face of strong opposition from environmental groups opposed to the prospect of restarting coal-fired power generation at the Danskammer plant in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Helios Power Capital said in a letter to the New York Public Service Commission that it is “unnecessary” to use coal at the plant and that the company has “no intention to do so.”