Orange officials ask DEC to suspend, revoke CPV’s permits

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There is a new push by leaders in Orange County to pull the plug on a natural gas power plant involved in a pay-to-play corruption scandal.

Activists have protested a billion-dollar natural gas power plant in Wawayanda for years, but now the corruption scandal involving a former top aide to the governor could shut the facility down before it opens.

The protests of CPV seemed to fall on deaf ears for years as construction forged ahead, until Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo with ties to the project, was convicted in a federal pay-to-play scandal involving several companies in the state.

Percoco was found guilty of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.

Since then, his involvement with CPV during their permitting process, including a five-figure job his wife was given for minimal work by a former top executive, has been under the microscope.

A bipartisan group of Orange County officials are joining activists in their concerns, requesting the Department of Environmental Conservation to either suspend or revoke the facility's permits and investigate how they were obtained.

So far, the DEC has not commented on whether it is reviewing CPV's permits.

It responded to News 12’s inquires with a generic statement, saying any action would require administrative review, which could be challenged in court.

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