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Linden, NJ Approves Clean Coal Plant

The city of Linden, NJ has cleared the way for the construction of a $5-billion clean coal plant to be constructed on the banks of the Arthur Kill river.

The Linden City Council unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding to resolve development rights to a 106-acre property on the banks of the Arthur Kill, property the city had previously tried to condemn for a redevelopment plan in 2005.

The council’s action paves the way for a “clean energy” coal power plant that will be partially financed with $2.5 million in structured cash payments and create 150 permanent jobs. PurGen is now pursuing permits to build a $5 billion, 500-megawatt electric power plant using clean-energy technology. Coal will be pressurized, rather than than burned as in other power plants, and the carbon dioxide exhaust will be piped 100 miles for storage under the Atlantic Ocean.

In October, the council rejected a similar settlement plan that lacked the cash payments. The new deal also requires the developer to pay for city-hired consultants to monitor the project.

In October, the council rejected a similar settlement plan that lacked the cash payments. The new deal also requires the developer to pay for city-hired consultants to monitor the project.

“The original deal didn’t have checks and balances,” explained Councilman Robert Frazier.

“We’re pleased to work with the council to address their concerns and we’re looking forward to New Jersey being the host of an important climate change solution,” said attorney Bradley Campbell, New Jersey’s former Department of Environmental Protection commissioner, who is representing PurGen.

Several environmental groups oppose the project, but a number of vocal union members attended the council meeting to show their support.

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