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Decision nears on clean-coal plant

City officials should know shortly whether the Board of Public Utilities will be moving forward with plans to build a clean-coal power plant.

The plant has been a source of controversy the past couple of years because of its cost and whether it is the most environmentally-friendly plan.

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi said Saturday that results of the final review of a draft environmental impact statement are due out shortly. He added that the city should also know soon the status of air permit applications filed with state and federal agencies.

"We'll have a better handle at that point in time as to whether permits will be issued to allow the project to move forward to the next stage of development, or whether they will not be, or whether they will be offered with conditions and stipulations."

Teresi again emphasized the $145 million project will not be subsidized by city taxpayers.

""We have not worked so hard along with the City Council and the rest of the community over the past seven years to rescue this city from financial bankruptcy only to push it over the cliff with a project that does not make economic sense," the mayor said.

The BPU plans to build a power plant at the site of the current Steele Street facility and relocate its administrative offices to the East Side.

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