Queens congresswoman introduces law to prevent permitting of polluting power sources


Queens activists and community leaders gathered outside the Ravenswood Generating Station in Long Island City on Monday, Jan. 31, to support Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s new legislation to advance clean energy. 

The Justice in Power Plant Permitting Act would not allow major pollution from sources like the Ravenswood Generating Station (also known as Big Allis) that advocates say cause indelible harm to the surrounding communities. To replace these power plants, the legislation proposes the Just Energy Transition Fund to support clean energy projects. As the bill is being introduced at federal level, it would ensure that the federal government act as a partner with impacted areas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants by 2030.