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Decision Pending on Natural Gas Permits

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and National Grid, a multinational energy business, have agreed to postpone the deadline for a final decision on a Permits that might allow the Greenpoint Energy Center to boost natural gas output. Residents, local activists, and two Congresswomen petitioned Gov. Kathy Hochul to rethink the air Permits, which would allow the energy facility to handle more liquefied natural gas.

As a result, potentially leak more pollutants into the atmosphere. The extension was signed and accepted by National Grid the same day it was submitted. By the 7th of February, a ruling was expected. DEC officials informed WNYC/Gothmist that the extra time would allow the agency to finish its current assessment of more than 6,000 public comments received between November 10, 2020 and March 22, 2021, including remarks from three public hearings scheduled in March 2021.

They also stated that this is the sixth extension since National Grid first requested the licence in May 2020. DEC said in an email to WNYC/Gothamist that “after the review is complete, DEC will evaluate future steps, including whether an adjudicatory hearing would be held on the application, before issuing a judgement.”

DEC is also looking into a proposal made by National Grid in October 2021 to demonstrate that the project complies with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). This statute requires applicants for air and facility Permits to provide paperwork and analysis demonstrating that the state’s greenhouse gas emission limits are currently being met and that mitigation measures are in place to mitigate the impacts on local populations.

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