Residents sound off on power plant permit denial

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Orange County residents had the opportunity Wednesday to voice their opinions on the state's decision to not renew an air permit for a controversial power plant.

A modest showing filled half of the auditorium of the Orange County Emergency Services Center to show opposition to the CPV power plant in Wawayanda. The hearing was scheduled after the state Department of Environmental Conservation denied the plant an air permit in August on the grounds CPV does not have the right federal permit.

Orange County Legislator James O'Donnell spoke at the hearing on behalf of the entire Legislature, saying the state should revoke all of CPV's permits after Gov. Andrew Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco was sentenced to jail last week on bribery charges directly related to CPV.

Members of Protect Orange County held a news conference outside the Orange County Emergency Services Center in Goshen before the public hearing event began inside. They spoke about climate and health concerns.

The DEC is scheduled to meet with CPV and state officials in what is called an issues conference. If they cannot reach an agreement, then the case will go to a legal hearing.

CPV has been allowed to operate until mid-October while a pending lawsuit against the DEC is worked out.

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