The state Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled two public hearings at Middletown High School next month on Competitive Power Ventures' application for a new air-pollution permit for its power plant in Wawayanda.

Administrative Law Judge Molly McBride will preside over the two sessions at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 17. The high school is located at 30 Gardner Avenue Extension.

The five-year air permit that CPV originally got for its planned Valley Energy Center expired in July 2018, shortly before the company was set to begin operating its natural gas-fired plant. The DEC declined to renew the permit, declaring that new federal regulations required the company to get a different kind of air permit. Courts have allowed CPV to run the 680-megawatt plant under the terms of its original permit while the new application is pending.

The DEC has extended the deadline to submit public comments on CPV's permit application to July 29, instead of July 12. Comments may be emailed to depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us or mailed to: Christopher Hogan, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750. The draft permit can be read online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/dardata/boss/afs/draft_atv.html.