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“Re-Power to the People” Could Mean a Breath of Fresh Air

September 25, 2007

Uniondale, NY – Long Islanders could get a breath of fresh air from the region's oldest power plants. A coalition of 75 Long Island health, labor and environmental groups are demanding upgrades for a dozen old power plants that emit sulfur, mercury, ozone, and carbon pollutants in excess of Clean Air Act standards. Lisa Tyson with the Long Island Progressive Coalition says these aging plants are particularly bad for the environment, as well as being a health hazard for people in the region.

"They need either updated technology or many of them need to be destroyed, and a new plant built on the same site. Re-powering these plants would reduce pollution by up to 90 percent, and double or even triple their efficiency."

The plants under question are operated by KeySpan, which was recently acquired by the British-based National Grid Corporation, making it the second largest power company in the United States and primary provider for a million consumers in Long Island and New York City. National Grid was unavailable for comment, but Tyson says New York State can step in to give Islanders some breathing room.

"KeySpan-National Grid are giving LIPA, the Long Island Power Authority, the option to purchase several power plants for the use of re-powering. And so we are saying, 'Yes, you should purchase these power plants and re-power them today.'"

Environmentalists say a dozen plants with grandfathered pollution permits, including the oldest ones in Northport and Port Jefferson, should be rebuilt or replaced with combined-cycle technology that burns cleaner and more efficiently.

The Long Island Power Authority declined a buyout of the plants five years ago, but is meeting again next Tuesday to reconsider the plant purchase and re-powering plan.

Robert Knight/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY