Proposed Coal Plant Stirs Up Opposition

LINDEN – A new clean coal power plant proposed for the site of the former DuPont factory is stirring up opposition.

Residents and officials attended a special meeting last week to learn about the plan, which would store carbon dioxide under the floor of the ocean 70 miles off the coast of New Jersey in a process call carbon sequestration. The goal of the process is to limit the effect of energy production on global warming.


New Jersey Sierra Club organizer Grace Sica told the council that the Sierra Club opposes sequestration, but former DEP commissioner Brad Campbell, who is the special council for the proposed $5 billion project, responded by naming other environmental organizations that do support it including the National Resources Defense Council.
A more local issue, public safety, was also a concern.

“We have to know that the citizens of Linden will be very, very safe,” said council president Robert Bunk.

Tremley Point Alliance president Mary Kostiushko, 90, said that project could result in coal dust and some carbon dioxide increasing asthma in Linden.

“Our concern is the 15 million tons of dioxide in an area that is known for explosions and pipes breaking,” said Beatrice Bernzott, a longtime Linden activist. “If I lived in Tremley, I’d probably move if it was built.”

Mayor Richard Gerbounka said that that he believes the EPA and DEP will keep the site properly regulated and safe.

“I feel confident that it’s a safe operation,” Gerbounka said. “Ninety percent of the pollutants are going to be captured or used as byproducts, unlike the coal power plants in Ohio or in the Northeast.”

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