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Opposition grows toward Meadowlands power plant proposal

Several towns near the site of a proposed gas-fired power plant in the Meadowlands have passed resolutions in recent weeks opposing the project, saying it could cause environmental damage without directly benefiting New Jersey.

At least eight Bergen County towns have passed nearly identical resolutions crafted by a coalition of environmental groups. It says the North Bergen Liberty Generating plant would be “one of the largest sources of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey.”

Proposed by Mitsubishi-subsidiary Diamond Generating Corp, the plant would be one of the largest electricity generators in the state at 1,200 megawatts.  But none of it would go to New Jersey. It would be transported via a 6.5-mile underground cable to Con Edison’s plant on Manhattan’s west side, where it could power as many as 1.2 million households.

So far the towns opposing the plant include: Ridgefield, Bergenfield, Fort Lee, Rutherford, Saddle Brook, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry and Westwood.

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