An official with Chicago-based Invenergy said the company plans to submit information that was missing from a permit application related to the proposed power plant in Burrillville.
The Energy Facility Siting Board didn’t dismiss Invenergy’s application at a preliminary hearing. That left environmentalists attempting to block the power plant proposal confused. State rules and regulations require air permit applications to be complete with all the requested information on the forms. But Invenergy’s development director John Niland admits the company left sections of the application blank.
“And the reason for that is that the final equipment selection isn’t going to be made until some time later.”
Niland said the company has already made some decisions about the equipment. He said the state will not approve any air permits without this information. Niland said there’s nothing unusual about filing incomplete applications.
An incomplete application is one of several reasons some groups are seeking to participate in the evidentiary hearings for the power plant proposal. But they'll need to have a lawyer, according to the EFSB. Niland agrees.
“They don’t really need to be an intervenor in order to comment,” said Niland about Burrillville residents and grassroots organizations concerned about the proposed project. “Any and all comments will be submitted and considered. So we don’t see anybody’s voice here being stifled in any way, shape, or form.”
The board granted some groups, including the Conservation Law Foundation, intervenor status. That means they’ll be able to ask questions and cross-examine witnesses during hearings. The board still has to make a decision on other requests for intervenor status.
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