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Final day to comment on NRG

August 16, 2013

Today is the final day to comment on repowering the Dunkirk NRG coal plant with natural ga....

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Aug-16-13 3:58 PM

HADENOUGH - you make some good points. There are reasons why Dunkirk's budget is more than double the budget in Fredonia while we have similar populations. It would be interesting to see a comparison of salaries from the wo communities starting with the mayor's salary, law enforcement, fire department, public works and everyone else on the payroll. The city has no control over spending and unions are a big part of the problem. I think taxpayers deserve to know where their money is being spent and a detailed comparison would be great reading.

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Aug-16-13 1:59 PM

hadenough, while reliance on taxes is the major driver in the communities support, what you're not taking into consideration is the trickle down effect of NRG's spending. Besides the money into the community from employee spending, NRG injects a large sum or money in charitable contributions as well as millions spent with vendors and outside labor from all around western NY. Once the capital cost is spent to build the facility, there's still quite a large expense budget that gets spread around the areas businesses and labor to maintain a facility like this. Bottom line.. Its bigger than just taxes.

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Aug-16-13 1:04 PM

Right on hadenough. A true docent.

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Aug-16-13 10:29 AM

This NRG discussion about whether the plant should shut down or stay open is not about the electricity it will produce. In fact the production of electricity at the Dunkirk plant will be minimal in the overall electricity producing picture. The real reason some don't want the plant to close is the amount of money the community gets from taxes. It's all about the money. WHo cares if we get "dirty" electricity from Pennsylvania? As long as the coffee pot heats up and the A/C works that's all that matters. However the city of Dunkirk has come to rely on the millions gotten from NRG. There was never any attempt to slow down spending. UNion raises. The money was there so why bother. Now that possibility of that money drying up and the people are up in arms. Wake up. Plan for the future something Dunkirk has never done. Dunkirk has always been reactive instead of pro active. Perhaps we need this shut down to understand how our money is spent.

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Aug-16-13 9:29 AM

Not only would the county be saved from a major financial disaster, but this could be a leading example in the USA of new tech to control CO2 gases.

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Aug-16-13 9:26 AM

Here is the fix for several issues on the Co2 emmissons thats the Seiarra Club and many nay sayers are complaining about. This could put us at the leading edge in pollution cintrol. "HydroInfra Technologies will concentrate their efforts on marketing HNG to international shipping companies, and coal or oil-burning power plants around the world, stating that inserting HNG into the exhaust system has been proven to completely reduce pollution emissions to zero".

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Aug-16-13 8:50 AM

There may be an interesting side issue to this story. It's easy to say we must have clean air and clean water. and no one can argue that point. However, it also needs to be recognized that we are competing with other states for industry and jobs. When New York State imposes tougher environmental standards than other states we become vulnerable to the loss of industry and jobs as a result. Apparently coal burning is still acceptable in Ohio and Pennsylvania and that becomes a threat to NRG's future in Dunkirk. Maybe environmental standards should be imposed on a national basis but you still have to deal with foreign competition.

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