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Murphy Administration Moves Forward With Meadowlands Power Plant, Angers Environmentalists

July 08, 2018 - 5:24 pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- The Murphy administration is moving ahead with plans to put a new power plant in the Meadowlands, angering many environmental groups.

North Bergen Liberty Generating, the company behind the proposed power plan, says something needs to replace the power that will be lost when Indian Point closes.

The company is proposing a 1200 megawatt plant in an industrial area in the Meadowland and promises that they already have the latest technology needed to reduce emissions.

“The company gets the money, New York City gets the power and we end up getting all the pollution,” said Jeff Tiddle, executive director of New Jersey’s Sierra Club.

Tiddle says the move isn’t about power, it’s about greed. He believes the plant won’t be cleaner than any others in an already heavily polluted area.

“Bergen and Hudson Co. in New Jersey have some of the worst air quality in the nation. It’s rated F-level by the American Lung Association,” said Tiddle.

The director said he’s surprised the Murphy administration granted initial permits for the project as Gov. Murphy has claimed that he's committed to getting the state to 100 percent clean energy.

“Well, building a giant power-plant in the Meadowlands undermines that effort, big time,” Tiddle said.  

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has not returned our request for comment.