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Frequently raised topics about Cricket Valley Energy are included here. Click on a topic to learn more and link to related pages. Contact us for more information or help locating topics in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) which is available on our Documents page.

Air Quality

Cricket Valley is using state-of-the-art project technologies to ensure that our facility produces the lowest emissions rates of any natural gas powered combined cycle plant in New York State.  As discussed in Section 4 of the DEIS, CVE's impact on air quality has been deemed insignificant even for the most vulnerable individuals including those with asthma and the elderly.  

As one of the most efficient, reliable and least emitting energy producers, CVE will provide electricity that currently is produced by higher polluting oil, gas, and cola fired power plants identified on the map below. With CVE on-line producing electricity, NYS will be able to displace some of those other producers.  That's why CVE will have such a great impact in reducing regional emissions of NOx, SO2 and CO2.

Other power plants near Dover, New York

Dover's air quality is directly affected by the emission of less efficient regional power sources.  Air currents carry emissions produced by less efficient energy producers in the region to Dover.  Local air quality will improve as we replace those energy producers with more efficient energy producers like Cricket Valley Energy, as quantified and discussed in Appendix 1-A of the DEIS.  

By design the emissions from CVE will be released at sufficient height to dissipate emissions.  

Water Quality

Air-cooling technology will reduce water use by more than 98%, zero-liquid discharge will prevent process water release outside the site and rooftop rain capture will minimize run-off and supplement the water supply.

Sight, Sound & Smell

Mature trees, a compact footprint, co-located stacks, and a valley location will reduce visual impact. When operational, the project will meet Dover Town Zoning Code for noise impacts at all residences, including Dover schools - and no odors will be emitted by the facility.

Wetlands & Environment

79 acres of wetlands will be placed in conservation and existing damaged wetlands will be restored. There will be no work within the Great Swamp Critical Environmental Area, and no hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will occur at this project.

Traffic & Safety

Temporary parking at the former Rasco parcel has been added to reduce traffic impacts, and work schedules will be coordinated with school bus and peak commuter times.

Jobs & Taxes

CVE is a $1.58 billion investment that will contribute substantially to the tax base with no significant demand for services. CVE will create jobs - 500, on average, during construction, 1,100 jobs during peak construction and up to 28 permanent jobs.