For one day only, a giant coal plant stood in the shadow of the New York State Capitol on Monday.
An inflatable one, that is.
Critics of the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing, Tompkins County, traveled to Albany to drop off what they said were 14,000 comments opposing a plan to allow the coal-fired plant to re-power with natural gas. They stood in front of a 20-foot-tall faux replica with four large smokestacks as they spoke out against the plant owners’ attempts to keep it alive.
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Monday marked the end of a public-comment period on the future of the 312-megawatt coal plant, a major local property taxpayer whose future has been in limbo for two years as the state Public Service Commission weighs whether to allow it to transition to natural gas or close.
The deadline drew submissions from the plant’s operating company, lawmakers, a rival power-generation company and what rally organizers say were 14,000 people opposing the re-powering plan.
But a spokesman for the PSC said the state board will continue to accept comments until a decision is reached — whenever that may be.
“The commission is reviewing all of the filings in the proceeding,” said James Denn, the PSC spokesman. “A date for a decision has not yet been determined. Comments will continue to be accepted up until a time a decision is made.”
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