Residents sound off during power plant public hearing

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ARCHBALD, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Construction continues on a new natural gas power plant in Lackawanna County.

The company building the Lackawanna Energy Center in Jessup is trying to take the next step in the process.

Wednesday night the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection held a public hearing about an air quality plan approval application.

Invenergy is trying to get the green light from DEP to use emission reduction credits.

Those credits are earned by a company when it reduces air emissions beyond what’s required, and they can be used by the owner or sold to companies that need emission offsets.

Residents voiced their concerns about how approving the use of emission reduction credits could impact the air quality.

DEP told Eyewitness News that the agency will issue a response to those comments, and they’re still accepting public input until February 14th.

Those comments can be sent by mail to: Mark Wejkszner, Air Quality Program Manager, DEP Northeast Regional Office, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711, or by email to: mwejkszner@pa.gov.

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