New York State Environmental Policy

I started working for Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation in 1981.  Since that time, I have evaluated all proposed New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) air quality environmental regulations in New York and worked on many other environmental rules.  Over that time I have seen New York environmental policy become much more dogmatic and driven by ideology and not science.  These posts address example policies that are not a pragmatic balance of risks and benefits.

New York Codifying NIMBYism, July 15, 2018

At the top of the list of ideological decisions was the refusal to grant a permit to construct a liquid propane storage facility in the Finger Lakes region.

Unintended Ramification of the Finger Lakes LPG Storage Community Character Decision, July 22 2018

It is not clear to me how this decision could not be used against any project.

CPV Valley Energy Center Operating Status August 1, 2018, August 6, 2018

This post recounts the machinations that DEC used to try to stop a completed natural gas fired power plant from operating.  I have not doubts that this decision was dictated by the Cuomo Administration.

New York State Environmental Regulatory Hypocrisy January 12,2019

This post describes a new environmental regulation that promulgates a allowance distribution methodology that DEC has complained about when used in upwind states.