$1.8B North Bergen power plant project won’t move forward, Sacco says

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The $1.8 billion Meadowlands power plant project known as North Bergen Liberty Generating won’t be moving forward, state Senator (D-32)/Township Mayor Nick Sacco announced minutes after Gov. Phil Murphy (D) came out against the plan.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I am unequivocally opposed to building the North Bergen Power Plant in the Meadowlands and increasing emissions. The project simply doesn’t make sense for New Jersey,” Murphy tweeted after making similar remarks on tonight’s edition of Ask the Governor on WNYC.

Shortly after the show ended, Sacco said in a statement that NBLG is officially a thing of the past, noting that the township will look for alternative uses for the property – which is on the border of the North Bergen and Fairview border.

“The Township of North Bergen was interested in this project because of its potential for substantial new tax revenue and job creation, however we have always said we would only want to see it move forward if it met all environmental and safety standards,” he explained.

“We will now move on to finding an alternate use for the property that will hopefully provide union construction jobs and significant financial benefits for North Bergen.”

Back in February, Murphy told HCV that the “power plant was going through a normal DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] process,” though faced criticism from environmental groups who began questioning his commitment to green initiatives throughout the state.

While the project received initial approvals from the DEP in July 2018, the project was put on hold this past June as the company said they were preparing a new air permit application.

The township first publicly announced that the development project was on their radar in April 2018 and it also had the backing of several local labor unions.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you Governor Murphy for standing up to the intense construction union pressure and make the right call for the State of New Jersey, and especially for the residents of Hudson and Bergen Counties who would have paid the public health costs for this boondoggle.

    Bad projects are bad projects no matter how many union jobs they create.

    • Hey, TransLou….Maybe Murphy can work his twitter magic against NYWW at UDD?
      Or perhaps Hoboken politicos used up all their chips on jobs in energy and legal contracts?
      Where was you candidate at the recent debates? Did you tell them the power plant wasn’t going to radiate them with the global warming hoax? Ban the bag…. LOL

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