Neighbors near CPV plant want info on facility’s emergency plans

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WAWAYANDA -

Neighbors near a controversial power plant in Orange say they are in the dark about the facility's emergency plans.     

For years, neighbors and activists in Wawayanda have fiercely tried to block construction of CPV, the billion-dollar natural gas power plant in their backyard.

Their efforts, which even included jail time to keep their rural community as is, have fallen on deaf ears. The 650-megawatt facility is set to open next month, leading neighbors to ask about emergency plans if something happens at the plant.

"I'm worried about chemical leaks, fires, explosions - the whole bit," says Chris Kehoe, who lives just minutes from the plant.

County officials say their emergency response plans aren't typically made public, as is the case with CPV. They say in the event of an emergency, however, there are plans in place to notify the public. They also say they are confident in their ability to respond to an emergency.

Officials say an automatic alert with instructions would be sent to all cellphones in the area in the event of an emergency at CPV. They say concerned residents can also sign up for emergency alerts on the county's website.

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