NJ Transit Power Plant is dangerous and should not be built

Map of Location of Proposed NJ Transit Power Plant
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Map of Location of Proposed NJ Transit Power Plant

Dear Editor:

In an August 1st Hudson Reporter article, County Executive Tom DeGise is quoted as saying that the proposed NJ Transit power plant would be “miles away from the nearest residential property.”

That is a complete falsehood. The Koppers Coke site, where the fracked-gas power plant would be built, is less than three-quarters of a mile from the Marion Gardens apartments as well as many other residences in the western part of Jersey City. Furthermore, the site is less than two miles from Journal Square, The Heights, and Lincoln Park. It is barely two miles away from Hoboken, barely a mile from the Skyway Golf Course, and it is less than one mile from Hudson County Tech and Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus. Far from being “miles away,” (implying that it will be located in some distant area that no one will ever notice or be affected by) the NJ Transit fossil fuel-burning power plant will sit right in the middle of one of the most densely populated parts of Hudson County, emitting an estimated 500,000 cubic tons of CO2 pollution every year and having a devastating effect on the health of residents.

Mr. DeGise says the plant will “have no impact on quality of life,” when, in fact, it will have an enormously negative impact on an area which has repeatedly received an “F” rating in air-quality reports from the American Lung Association.

Under no circumstances should this plant be built. Burning fossil fuels, as this plant would do, is a major contributor to the climate crisis the world is now experiencing. It is amazing and tragic that Mr. DeGise and other Hudson County leaders would support a project like this, not to mention the even larger and more polluting NBLG power plant proposed for North Bergen.

These plants will add to the climate crisis and be very detrimental to the health and well-being of his constituents. Mr. DeGise should be held to account for not telling the truth about the plant’s proposed location and how harmful it will be to the residents and workers of Hudson County.

William McClelland