New York Regulators Stop Gas-Fired Plant from Entering Service

By Jamison Cocklin

August 6, 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has denied Competitive Power Ventures Inc.’s (CPV) application to renew a key permit for a 680 MW natural gas-fired power plant that was nearly ready to enter service in Orange County.

In a letter sent to the company last week, DEC Regional Director Kelly Turturro said the Air State Facility (ASF) permit application was incomplete, noting that the company has failed to obtain a Title V Clean Air Act permit prior to operations as required by state law. The Valley Energy Center’s ASF expired on July 31. Without the ASF and Title V permits, Turturro said the nearly $1 billion facility “may not lawfully operate.”


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Catskill Mountainkeeper founder and executive director Ramsay Adams

August 5, 2018

Join me on the 'Green Radio Hour with Jon Bowermaster' Radio Kingston today for a great conversation with Catskill Mountainkeeper founder and executive director Ramsay Adams, about the Catskills, conservation, family, recreating and beer. Streaming live and archived at Radio, WKNY 1490 Hudson River Stories

Full audio available here.


New York Yanks Air Permit on New 680-Megawatt Gas-Fired Plant

By Chris Martin

August 3, 2018

New York regulators declined to renew an air permit for a controversial 680-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in New York state, effectively shutting it down just before it was poised to go into service.

The Department of Environmental Conservation denied the renewal application on Wednesday in a letter released Friday. The agency said the owner Competitive Power Ventures Inc. did not have a Title V Clean Air Act permit, which is issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and required by the state before new power plants can start generating electricity.


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State rejects CPV air permit

By Spectrum News Staff

August 3, 2018 

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation tells Competitive Power Ventures it can't operate its plant in Wawayanda, rejecting attempts to renew an Air State Facility permit this week.

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State pulls plug on controversial Orange County power plant

By Brian Nearing

August 3, 2018

Competitive Power Ventures was caught up on Percoco corruption trial

ALBANY — The state has pulled the plug on a controversial new power plant in Orange County that played a role in the recent corruption trial of one of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's former top aides.

This week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation declined to renew a critical permit for Competitive Power Ventures. Without a new permit, the now-completed 680-megawatt plant in Wawayanda cannot go online.

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State denies CPV permit, delays opening

By Chris McKenna

August 3, 2018

WAWAYANDA — State officials have dealt a setback to Competitive Power Ventures as it prepared to begin operating its Orange County power plant, denying a renewal of the plant’s air permit and notifying its operators they must first get a federal permit.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced its decision in a letter to CPV officials on Wednesday, one day after the air permit DEC granted in 2013 expired. A department official explained that a change in federal regulations required CPV to get a so-called Title V permit from the Environmental Protection Agency before starting up the plant, something the company had not done.


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Over 100 Groups Support Continued Investigation of Exxon Mobil by NY Attorney General Barbara Underwood

August 1, 2018

(NY) – More than a hundred environmental, faith, and community groups have signed onto a new letter to New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood supporting her continued investigation into ExxonMobil.  Thus far, the AG’s office has been investigating the role fossil fuel companies may have played in misleading the public and investors about the realities of climate change.


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Troubling times at farmers markets

By Judy Rife

July 7, 2018

WARWICK — Laura Soons Thorton steadily replaced the boxes of pies and the trays of pastries as the crowd of customers surged in search of Dad’s favorite on Father’s Day at the Warwick Valley Farmers Market.

As they clutched their boxes of Scotty’s Pies and waited to fork over their $17.50, Thorton fielded questions from the uninitiated.

Yes, we make everything from scratch. Yes, we roll the dough by hand. Yes, we use our own recipes. Yes, we use fruit from our own orchards.

“They’re the best,” volunteered one customer.

“Yes, they are,″ echoed another. “I’ve been coming here for years.″

But Thorton, who sold 35,000 pies last year at three markets and her family’s Soons Orchards in New Hampton, said business isn’t what it used to be.

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Jumping Worms Will Eat Your Lawn!

Check For These And Other Invasives

June 14, 2018

NEW YORK – North America, as a pristine biome, is long gone. The Europeans who conquered it changed it. And they brought a host of non-native plant and animal species which have transformed it. More recently the introduction, either accidentally or deliberately of other species, like the Emerald Ash Borer, from Asia, has continued the cycle in new and threatening ways.

The Emerald Ash Borer provides a recent and chilling example. The adults are small bullet-shaped, bright green beetles. Larvae are little white caterpillars that eat their way through the living part of the tree under the bark. In their homeland in northern Asia they are controlled, in a "balance" by predators, particularly parasitic wasps — tiny black critters the size of rice grains — who lay their eggs on the EAB larvae and eggs.

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‘We’re Scrambling:’ New York Dairy Farmers Struggling To Stay In Business

By Tony Aiello

June 13, 2013

CALLICOON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — June is “National Dairy Month,” but this year, many New York family farmers say they have little to celebrate.

Before the month is over, dozens of them may be out of business, including six in Sullivan County.

CBS2’s Tony Aiello spent the day with some of them in the Catskills.

On a lush hillside overlooking the Callicoon Creek Valley is The Diehl Family Dairy Farm, established in 1842.

Adam Diehl is generation number five to run the milking operation with his wife, Alice. Their daughter, Michaela, hopes to be generation six.

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