Residents protest keeping two Hunts Point power plants open
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) wants to keep two Hunts Point power plants open for five more years, despite public outrage. Protesters gathered outside Hostos Community College where a public hearing on the plants was being held. Speakers took turns telling stories of high asthma and pollution rates in the south Bronx where the plants are located. The plants opened just over two years ago and their permit expires early next year. NYPA is asking the Department of Environmental Conservation for a permit to increase nitrous oxide emissions to 8.3 parts per million during the start up and shut down of the plants. The DEC will make a decision that must be approved by the federal government by the end of the year.