Greenidge Power plant to install screens

The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes (CPFL) accuses the Greenidge Generating Station of destroying the local fish population and violating the federal Clean Water Act. According to a press release from CPFL, “Greenidge Generating Station is currently operating without any screens or other protections against fish mortality.”

The group further accuses Greenidge of “operating without a water withdrawal permit. The plant applied in 2015 for a permit to take up to 160 million gallons of water per day from (Seneca) Lake, but DEC has not yet issued the permit.”

“The plant’s failure to install any protections is of concern to us,” says Peter Gamba, adding, “Adult fish, young fish, fish eggs, and other aquatic organisms are being drawn into the plant and chopped up as they pass through the plant.” CPFL provided copies of the DEC report on fish mortality studies done in the mid-1970s, the mid- 1990s, and 2006-2007 to The Chronicle-Express to support the group’s claim.

“CPFL’s concern that high levels of fish mortality at the Greenidge plant may be negatively impacting fish in Seneca Lake is one of the key reasons we joined with the Sierra Club and the Coalition to Protect New York in bringing an Article 78 proceeding challenging DEC’s failure to conduct an adequate environmental review of the plant’s operations and are joining in the appeal of the court’s dismissal of our petition,” Gamba says.

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