Power plant critics protest natural gas power plant

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Critics of a natural gas plant being built in Orange County protested outside a New City courthouse Tuesday ahead of a hearing about the plant being built.

They say Competitive Power Ventures, which owns the power plant in Wawayanda, changed their site plan without approval or environmental review, allegedly moving a 1 million gallon oil tank to the opposite side of their site, which is now under construction.

They are requesting a court order for a new environmental review before the natural gas facility opens next year.

Even before the complaint, the project was marred by controversy, including the arrest of two top aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on cash­-for-permit bribery allegations. There was also an unexpected turn by the federal government when permit denials by the state for the last stretch of pipeline were overturned and approved.

CPV representatives deny those allegations and maintain the facility will be safe.

News 12 has been told that a decision could be made within the next six weeks.

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