Recent articles and letters supporting the proposed new Danskammer power plant contained inaccurate and misleading statements. While Scenic Hudson respects differing opinions on whether a gas-fired plant is appropriate for our region, it's important to establish a common set of facts on which to base decisions. Claims that the new plant will generate less air pollution than the existing one are false, even if one relies on the plant developer's own statements in official regulatory filings. The owner maintains the new plant could "reduce emissions up to 40 percent per megawatt hour" of electricity produced. The existing plant has operated about 2-3 percent of the time in recent years, while the future one would run more than 75 percent.

Even assuming the accuracy of the developer's optimistic megawatt hour reduction, the new plant's dramatically increased runtime means annual total air emissions will increase tenfold or more. Orange County already has higher rates of asthma and respiratory illness than the state overall.

Instead of replacing a dinosaur power plant with a newer version of a polluting fossil fuel facility - something completely inconsistent with the state's clean energy goals - we should focus on building out renewable energy and energy storage facilities that can bring jobs, tax revenue and electricity reliability without damaging our environment and health.

Hayley Carlock

Director of Environmental Advocacy

Scenic Hudson Inc.

Poughkeepsie