Statement From A.G. Schneiderman On Move To Prohibit Burning Of Coal At Danskammer Power Plant In Hudson Valley

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today hailed a decision by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to prohibit the burning of coal at the Danskammer Generating Facility, located in the Town of Newburgh. The half-century-old power plant has been dormant for two years, and plans are in the works to reopen the facility. With the DEC’s decision to prohibit the burning of coal, the facility will instead use natural gas. Oil will be used as a backup energy source. 

Attorney General Schneiderman issued the following statement on the DEC’s decision:

“The decision by the Department of Environmental Conservation to prohibit the future use of coal at the Danskammer facility is a major victory for every New Yorker who shares my commitment to fighting for clean air.  The burning of coal poses a real threat to public health, contributes directly to climate change and creates coal ash waste containing toxins. I'm pleased the DEC recognized these concerns and issued a decision that will benefit all New Yorkers."

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