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Source: WAMC Albany

Activists Support DEC Choice of Power Plant Cooling Systems

BY DAVE LUCAS

Posted: June 17, 2010
Originally Published: June 15, 2010

ALBANY, NY (WAMC) - Activists from around New York gathered this morning in Albany to urge the Department of Environmental Conservation to maintain its stance favoring "closed cycle cooling" as the technology of choice for power plant cooling systems statewide. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Representatives of Citizens Campaign for the Environment joined with the Network for New Energy Choices and other groups assembled at the State Capitol to support the DEC's proposed power plant policy.
That policy would require antiquated power plants to upgrade in order to stop the slaughter of millions of fish and fish eggs each year. NNEC Director Kyle Rabin calls the plants "fish killing machines" - Reed Super is an environmental attorney: he says that perhaps more galling than plants killing off aquatic life to generate power are the outdated facilities that run on standby, killing while NOT providing electricity.

Detailed analysis compiled by the Eastern Environmental Law Center shows closed-cycle cooling provides huge environmental benefits. The public comment period for the DEC's draft policy has been extended from June 8th until July 9th, after the power industry asked for additional time to submit comments.

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