DEC says Greenidge must install screening to protect fish

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed that the Greenidge Generating Station will be required to install screening equipment on its water intake pipe to reduce fish mortality.

The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes had raised concerns about the plant being allowed to resume electrical generation without having the screening.

The plant operated from 1937 to 2005 as a coal-fired generating plant. The plant shut down in 2005 and was acquired by a new owner who switched to natural gas fuel and resumed operations last October.

“The facility is currently operating under an existing State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit that is in effect under provisions of the State Administrative Procedures Act,’’ the DEC said in a statement issued Tuesday. “DEC has prepared a draft SPDES permit that, once issued, will require installation of screening equipment to reduce fish mortality. The draft permit was subject to a public review and comment period.”

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