Permit OK'd but dispute over environmental impact continues

By The Associated Press

Environmental groups and state environmental officials are clashing over a recent decision to issue a permit allowing an electric generation plant to convert from coal-fired to gas-fired.

 

UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Environmental groups and state environmental officials are clashing over a recent decision to issue a permit allowing an electric generation plant to convert from coal-fired to gas-fired.

The activist groups say that the permit for B.L. England's plant in Cape May County will produce more harmful greenhouse gases.

But Frank Steitz, director of the state Department of Environmental Protection's air quality management program, told The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2b8fPCF ) that the change will make the 54-year-old plant more modern and efficient.

State officials say the new plant in Upper Township will reduce air pollution after decades of the plant burning coal, oil and rubber tires.

Two environmental groups are suing the state to block the conversion.

Steitz says the legal action is "preventing residents of South Jersey from getting healthier air."

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