DEC: NYRI Unresponsive To Requests

By: Michael McGuire

ALBANY – State officials claim New York Regional Interconnect has been “unresponsive” to numerous requests for information on the power line’s environmental impact, according to document released in Albany May 28.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation filed a motion with the state’s power line authority seeking judicial intervention that would require NYRI’s to answer the questions in full.

The state Public Service Commission denied the motion May 28, concluding that the DEC and NYRI should communicate better and work out their differences informally before taking official action.

“DEC did not communicate its dissatisfaction with NYRI’s responses to NYRI nor did it provide clarification to NYRI on the questions it believes NYRI misconstrued,” the PSC ruling states. “DEC and NYRI should communicate with each other to resolve (and, in future, avoid) the type of miscommunication that is evidenced by the present DEC motion and response thereto. If, after utilizing informal procedures, the discovery issues cannot be resolved, DEC may submit a new motion.”

Conservation officials gave examples of over a dozen questions and responses as “instances of inadequate responses from NYRI,” according to the PSC document.

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