The Buffalo News: New Data Suggests Pollution in Western New York Has Increased from Facilities with Expired Permits

July 9, 2024

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Peaker plant facility against a daytime sky.


According to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), facilities producing record amounts of air pollution in Western New York are also operating with Expired Title V permits.

A Title V permit, issued for a period of five years, is administered by the DEC under the federal Clean Air Act to regulate major polluters that emit large amounts of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and other harmful substances, including fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide.

Niki Cross, staff attorney for Environmental Justice at NYLPI, was featured in this article about the implications of different types of pollution and whether DEC is making strides towards meeting the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goals.

“That’s pretty shocking to me and pretty disturbing that DEC isn’t meeting its legal obligations, This seems like quite clear violations of its mandates to reduce emissions. DEC has a responsibility to regulate these facilities and by failing to issue either renewals or denials, it’s failing that responsibility.” – Niki Cross, NYLPI

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