Power plant im­pact state­ment de­layed

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble [email protected]­manon­line.com

The de­vel­oper of the pro­posed GlidePath/Lin­coln Park 20-megawatt power plant has told town of­fi­cials it does not ex­pect to sub­mit a draft en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment by the end of year, as ini­tially planned.

Chief De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Peter Rood, of pro­ject de­vel­oper GlidePath/Lin­coln Park DG LLC, wrote to town of­fi­cials that the im­pact state­ment, knows as a DEIS, now is ex­pected to be filed dur­ing the first three months of 2019.

“Though we had orig­i­nally an­tic­i­pated sub­mit­ting the DEIS by the end of 2018, the work of fully an­a­lyz­ing the var­i­ous al­ter­na­tives as re­quired by the fi­nal scope has caused us to ex­tend the time­line,” Rood wrote.

A doc­u­ment lay­ing out the scope of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns sur­round­ing the pro­ject was adopted by the Ul­ster Town Board in April. It iden­ti­fies is­sues de­vel­op­ers must ad­dress for the pro­ject, which is pro­posed for about 3 acres of a 121-acre site along Frank Sot­tile Boule­vard, be­tween Miron Lane and state Route 32. The sirte, made up of thrtee parcels, is owned by Kingston Land­ing LLC.

GlidePath/Lin­coln Park DG LLC says the power sta­tion would pro­vide backup elec­tric­ity in the event of out­ages and be able to put elec­tric­ity into the grid dur­ing pe­ri­ods of peak de­mand. Un­der the com­pany’s pro­posal, two 10-megawatt gen­er­a­tors would use a com­bi­na­tion of lithium ion bat­ter­ies and nat­u­ral gas as en­ergy sources.

The pro­ject’s so-called “scop­ing doc­u­ment” re­quires the de­vel­oper to iden­tify the pub­lic need for and pub­lic ben­e­fit of the pro­ject. Crit­ics of the pro­posal ar­gue the fa­cil­ity is be­ing con­structed to cover elec­tric­ity short­ages in the New York City area, but the de­vel­oper says it would be used to fill en­ergy short­ages any­where in the state.

The de­vel­oper ini­tially pro­posed two 80-foot emis­sions stacks for the Ul­ster plant, but in July said ef­forts were be­ing made to re­duce the height. The scop­ing doc­u­ment calls for a study of po­ten­tial im­pacts on sites des­ig­nated un­der the Hud­son River Na­tional His­toric Land­mark Dis­trict, in­clud­ing those across the river in Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Hyde Park.

Pho­to­graphs also will be re­quired of po­ten­tial vis­ual im­pacts from Hud­son Val­ley Mall in Ul­ster, the Es­tates Dis­trict Scenic Area in Dutchess County, the Fern­cliff For­est ob­ser­va­tion tower in Rhinebeck, and Poet’s Walk in Red Hook.

Fi­nan­cial im­pacts also are to be in­cluded in the im­pact state­ment, and the Ul­ster Town Board has asked whether a pay­mentin-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, agree­ment will be sought to pro­vide tax breaks for the pro­ject. The de­vel­oper will be re­quired to pro­vide a com­par­i­son of the tax breaks and the amount of lo­cal prop­erty taxes to be paid if there were no agree­ment.

The Town Board has also is re­quir­ing the de­vel­oper to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about how it will deal with “rea­son­ably fore­see­able cat­a­strophic” im­pacts.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment also must in­clude a spill-preven­tion and control plan for a planned 50,000-gal­lon diesel stor­age tank and for any other chem­i­cals or hazardous sub­stances used at the fa­cil­ity.

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