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Representatives from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have given an update on what's being done to help municipalities that could be impacted by the opening of the Cricket Valley Energy Center next year in nearby Dover, New York.  Kent Representative Maria Horn says a bill signed by the Governor this summer requires certain assistance.  Horn says DEEP is already looking into the kinds of assistance that can be provided.  Local officials and advocacy group say a baseline measurement needs to be established in order to see how air quality might be degraded in the coming years.  Air quality monitoring devices measure ozone, fine particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen.  DEEP has conceded that natural gas powered plan will contribute more pollutants into the air in at least a 50-mile radius of the facility, they just don’t know exactly where, and how much.

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