Air Quality Scoping Issues and the Proposed Lincoln Park Grid Support Center, a Gas-Fired Power Plant in the Town of Ulster.

By Rebecca Martin

Since the Draft Scope for the proposed Lincoln Park Grid Support Center project (a gas-fired power plant in the Town of Ulster) was released on February 1, citizens have been focused on improving the document with many generous not-for-profit partners and experts who have provided support and assistance.

One of those experts is the Hydrologist / Hydrogeologist Paul A. Rubin, who spent all day yesterday at a weather station nearest to the proposed site, to create the following maps that can help us to identify air quality scoping items.

“I focused on finding and assessing data from the nearest weather station with wind velocity and direction data (available through Weather Underground: KNYKINGS15).  This Kingston weather station is approximately 13,590 ft south of the proposed emission tower (~ 2.57 miles; elevation: 138 ft msl).  I reviewed five years of weather data and selected assorted wind speeds as a basis to calculate wind/emissions arrival times outward from the proposed emissions stack, downloaded imagery data, and generated the attached maps using GIS technology.  The only difference between the three attached maps is the background base.The assorted colored circles represent example emission plume arrival times for assorted wind speeds.  Arrival of stack gases at the outer rings would require worst-case temperature inversion conditions with minimal wind dispersion.”

Air Quality Scoping Issues: Identify all potential human receptors that may inhale toxic exhaust emissions from the Lincoln Park stack under worst case weather conditions (e.g., temperature inversions). Identify all potential adverse health impacts (e.g., CO2 poisoning/hypercapnia).

1990s color infrared imagery
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2016 imagery
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ESRI road base map imagery
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2 thoughts on “Air Quality Scoping Issues and the Proposed Lincoln Park Grid Support Center, a Gas-Fired Power Plant in the Town of Ulster.

  1. Thank you to all who shared their understanding and expertise. I have noticed that this past year our area has experienced some uncustomary and exceptionally strong winds. It seems to be a new phenomena. We should take the new wind patterns into consideration too, as we try to predict where the smoke plumes would travel.

  2. I would like to thank all those who have shared and continue to share talent and intellect to help the community take an informed position on this project, I am so grateful that we have people with so many various talents and such a variety of expertise. My gut says this is not a project I want in my backyard but it takes facts to fight for what is right and unearthing the facts to support positions is far beyond my abilities, and probably true for many of the folks who live in Ulster county, so again, Thank you to all who are lending time, talent and intellect to the community at large to protect our well being and the quality of life that we enjoy in Ulster county.

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