Development of the Lackawanna Energy Center moved forward today as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) prepared to issue a draft permit for air emissions from the facility. Lackawanna Energy Center LLC submitted extensive documentation demonstrating that the project would meet four critical tests, designed by state and federal regulators, to minimize emissions and ensure the health and safety of the community and environment. After thoroughly reviewing this evidence, DEP has concluded that:
“[C]onstruction and operation of the plant will meet all applicable air quality requirements, including the four [tests] stated above. Based upon these findings, DEP plans to approve the application and issue a permit for the construction and operation of the Lackawanna Energy Center…”
To ensure that the citizens of Jessup and the greater Scranton area are fully informed and engaged in this process, DEP will publicize this draft permit in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and Invenergy will publish it in the Scranton Times Tribune this weekend. Members of the public are welcome to review the company’s application, analysis, and DEP’s technical review – all of which are available at the regional DEP office in Wilkes Barre. DEP will be accepting public comments on the draft permit for the next 30 days, and will hold a hearing at Valley View High School on Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:00 PM.
The bottom-line is this: After extensive review, the DEP – the state agency charged with protecting your health and Pennsylvania’s environment – has concluded that the air emissions from this facility do not pose a risk to Jessup, its residents, or the region as a whole. This represents a key milestone in the development of this project and another step forward towards a cleaner, more prosperous Jessup.
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