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DEP to Host Public Hearing on Air Quality Plan for Proposed Power Plant in Lackawanna County

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing about a proposed natural gas power plant in the Borough of Jessup, Lackawanna County. The meeting will take place from 6-9 P.M. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Valley View High School, 1 Columbus Drive, Archbald, PA 18403.

The purpose of the hearing will be to take testimony regarding an application by Lackawanna Energy Center, LLC of Chicago, for an air quality plan approval to construct and operate a 1500-megawatt natural gas fired power plant.

The Department received the original plan approval application from Lackawanna Energy Center, LLC on June 11, 2014. A revised application was later submitted on November 3, 2014. Both editions of the application were published in the PA Bulletin and they notified the public of an opportunity to provide comments. In addition to those opportunities, the public hearing will allow for additional comments to be heard.

Concerned citizens may also submit written testimony by 4 P.M. on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Those comments can be addressed to Mark Wejkszner, Air Quality Program Manager, DEP Northeast Regional Office, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18711.

A notice of the public hearing was published in the Scranton Times newspaper and the PA Bulletin on Saturday, August 1, 2015.

A copy of the draft plan approval and application can be viewed at DEP’s Northeast Regional Office (NERO) in Wilkes-Barre. Those wishing to make an appointment to view the documents can do so between the hours of 8A.M. – 4 P.M. by calling 570-826-2511.