STATUS: In progress, with opposition
OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, American Lung Association, Environmental Advocates of New York, New York Public Interest Research Group, Natural Resources Defense Council, Pace Law School Energy Project.
BACKGROUND: In 2003, the Jamestown, New York Board of Public Utilities (BPU) began working on a $145 million upgrade to an existing coal-fired power plant. In 2004, BPU began the environmental impact review. The draft EIS was issued in October 2006. In April 2007, EPA approved a draft air permit. In July, BPU in conjunction with Praxair and others proposed developing an oxy-coal power plant project combining a coal-fired power plant with a cutting edge carbon capture system to removes carbon dioxide from the coal plant's air emissions, condense the gas into a "supercritical fluid" and then inject the liquid into porous rock layers or massive underground caverns for permanent storage. In 2008, New York State and federal officials announced their support for the project, including up to $6 million in state funding for planning. In June 2009, Sierra Club and others defeated a legislative attempt to create a legal framework for carbon sequestration in New York. In August, Praxair changed the designation of the Jamestown facility from “primary” to “back up” in its application for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Coal Power Initiative grant funds due to DOE concerns about local geology. BPU submitted its own application which was denied in December. In July 2010, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer reaffirmed his support for federal funding. To date, no final permits have been applied for or issued.
Project opponents included local citizens organized and financially supported by Sierra Club, in keeping with its national policy of opposing all coal facilities. Grounds for the opposition include cost, CO2 emissions, and the environmental impact of coal mining.
SOURCES: http://www.praxair.com/praxair.nsf/7a1106cc7ce1c54e85256a9c005accd7/73500c7e5c3a94d4852574650052eeb8?OpenDocument http://www.praxair.com/praxair.nsf/7a1106cc7ce1c54e85256a9c005accd7/651e1fbe031a969f8525732f004be050?OpenDocument http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=67658
LAST UPDATED: November 30, 2010