SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 11, 2013

DEP to hold hearing on power plant

BY TOM DALTON
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a hearing tomorrow on a permit request by Footprint Power, which has filed plans to build a natural gas power plant at Salem Harbor Station.

Footprint is seeking a waterways license from the state agency. The permit is required to ensure that construction projects near rivers, ponds or, in this case, a harbor, do not cause environmental damage or have other unforeseen impacts.

The hearing is tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Bentley Elementary School, 25 Memorial Drive. The public is invited.

This is one of several state and local approvals sought by Footprint, which will close the current power plant next year and hopes to open a new gas-fired plant in 2016 at the waterfront site.

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.