The items below provide a preliminary list of the types of things being considered. Practical items are expected to be incorporated in the final design.

  • Capturing rain water for on site irrigation.
  • Review/modification of the conservation efforts in the existing facility (i.e.; replacing lights to energy efficient fixtures/bulbs)
  • Replacement of existing vehicles with electric/hybrid vehicles
  • Evaluation of using bio fuels at the existing facility
  • Evaluation of photovoltaic (PV) cells on the new and existing facility

USPowerGen will explore what types of green building techniques and renewable energy methods can be practically incorporated into the plant design. Some of the items we are reviewing include:

  • Green planted spaces around the facility
  • Incorporating vegetation to mitigate potential visual and noise effects
  • Laying out the facility to minimize bulk
  • Selecting colors that blend into the area

Questions may be posted on the website or you may call the hotline number at 888-398-USPG (888-398 -8774) for information on how to submit comments or questions.

All are welcome to attend public meetings on the Luyster Creek Energy Project. Documentation of these meetings, the Environmental Assessment Form, and the analyses produced for the DEIS and FEIS will be available on the website and at the public places noted on the website. A list of stakeholders will be constantly updated and interested parties will be notified of key events. Appendix E of the Environmental Assessment Form found in the documents section of the website outlines the full participation program.

Yes, the existing operation is fully permitted. Pending the approval process for the Project, the new permit may include modifications to the existing permits and or permit conditions. A summary of the permits and approvals and/ or modifications of the existing permits that may be required is provided in Attachment B of the Environmental Assessment Form (EAF). Attachment C of the EAF provides a list of the current permits for the existing facility. A copy of the Air Title V Facility Operating Permit for the existing Astoria Generating Station may be obtained from the following website:

Once permit applications are filed with the NYSDEC the status can be tracked using the following website:

Public meetings associated with the SEQR process will be held in the Community. These meetings will be announced in the newspapers, and on the website, via the Community Board, at local libraries, and through email and mail to interested stakeholders. Documentation of these meetings and other documents produced for the DEIS will be available on this website and at public places noted on the Website.

The Project is subject to the State Environmental Quality Review Act Process (SEQR), and based on the New York State air permit modifications required, it is anticipated that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will act as Lead Agency. The Lead Agency will coordinate the review of the Project with all other interested and involved parties. USPowerGen plans to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to fully assess the impacts associated with the Project and to provide for meaningful community involvement. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will be involved in the review process as a participating agency focusing on City permit issues and the impacts to be studied as part of the DEIS review process. The entire review process includes opportunities for significant public participation as further discussed in Attachment E of the Environmental Assessment Form found in the documents section of this website

A complete list is included as Attachment B of the Environmental Assessment Form and is included in the documents section posted on the website.

There is no change expected.

The new unit will be designed to comply with New York City noise requirements and the NYSDEC Noise Policy. A noise study demonstrating compliance will be completed as part of the DEIS review process.