Clarkstown Joins Haverstraw in Study of Proposed Gasification Plant

Clarkstown officials joined officials from the town of Haverstraw at a press conference on Tuesday, where they spoke out against the gasification plant that has been proposed by New Planet Energy to be built in Stony Point. Supervisor of Clarkstown Alex Gromack stated that the town would be putting $10,000 toward the $68,000 study to be completed by TRC Engineers. The two towns are hiring the firm to study effects on traffic and the environment if the plant is built, and begins turning waste into renewable diesel fuel. Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips has been opposed to the plant since its initial proposal and the topic has set him at odds against officials in the town of Stony Point where the plant will be built on a vacant industrial site. According to proponents of the plant, if built it is expected to bring in jobs and much needed tax ratable. Phillips stated that the plant is experimental and the proximity to neighborhoods and towns is not the right location to be testing the science. According to both Supervisors the reason for the study is to look into the negative effects on the surrounding residents.

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