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2 responses to “Burrillville asks EFSB to dismiss Invenergy application because it’s incomplete”

  1. Bill Eccleston

    Only one power plant proposal has been rejected in the EFSB’s history. That was the InDeck power plant proposed for Slatersville in North Smithfield. The action occurred in 2001. The reason stated by the EFSB was the company’s refusal to provide information about the sales agreement it had made with the site’s landowner, a developer wishing to make an industrial park adjacent to the power plant site. Here is the lead from the Providence Journal’s story of the rejection on August 1, 2001:

    “A three-member state board voted unanimously yesterday to pull the plug on a proposed power plant near the town’s Slatersville section, citing the developer’s refusal to provide information about a possible industrial park next to the facility.”

    The explanation of the matter was stated in the Projo article as follows:

    “When Indeck first applied for a permit in April 1999, the company touted an adjacent industrial park, to be built by Tuspani Water Co., as one of the benefits of the project.

    “Tuspani owns 88 acres south of the Slatersville reservoirs near the North Smithfield-Burrillville town line. Indeck planned to use 25 of those acres for the power plant.

    “Tuspani officials could not be reached for comment yesterday on any industrial park plans or the siting board’s vote.

    “Germani said the siting board became increasingly concerned in recent weeks about the impact an industrial park might have on the area around the plant.

    “To determine whether those concerns were justified, the siting board asked Indeck for a copy of Indeck’s purchase and sales agreement with Tuspani to see whether it referred to an industrial park.

    “Germani said the board also wanted Indeck to agree to do environmental impact studies on the effects of an industrial park, if one were to be developed.

    “Indeck refused both requests.”

    And in the category of Very Very Interesting is this: Michael Polsky, president of Invenergy, was the co-founder and president of InDeck!

    Is the present EFSB chairwoman, Meg Curran, aware of this history?

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  2. Greg Gerritt

    Every time I have ever seen a permitting process the application must contain full and complete plans. Refusing to produce plans should be grounds for instant dismissal. Trying to save a billion dollar baby from having to spend a few hundred thousand dollars to produce plans should be grounds for the dismissal of all members of the EFSB. ( an aside is that I am trying to get a permit to restore an ecosystem. DEM would not look at my permit . Not because I refused to give information, but that I could not afford to spend money and gave them very accurate hand drawn maps. If I can not apply with a fully accurate hand drawn map, how the hell does Invergy get away with hiding information? ) It continues to show that the EFSB is an oirganization designed to con the people of RI into believing the government works for them, while it actually works only for the RICH.

    Adding to this the DOH already responded that Invenergy and the EFSB need to take climate change into account, which the EFSB seems to be unwilling to do. That this still is hanging around and wasting our time and resources says that Governor Wall St. is a crtiminal and should be indicted on obstruction of justice charges.

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