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  • Proposed Facilitywill RevitalizeDormant DoverSiteCricket Valley Energy Corp, LLC, a leading energy development company and a subsidiary of international energy developerAdvanced Power AG, filed aSpecial Permit Application withthe Town of Dover in November2009, to start the permittingprocess required to develop astate-of-the-art, combined-cyclepower plant at an inactive industrial site off Route 22. Theproject, known as Cricket ValleyEnergy, promotes a highly efficient,environmentally-responsibleprocess of converting clean-burningAmerican natural gas into electricity.Thats power for nearly one millionhomesand economic benefitsfor the community.

    Cricket Valley EnergyBy the Numbers

    Up to 750jobs during threeyear construction

    $4 Millionpotential annual taxcontribution

    2530permanent jobs

    Once operational, CricketValley Energy will be among themost efficient energy producersin New Yorkand will generatesubstantial economic benefitsfor Dover, Dutchess County andNew York State. Located at the Mid-Hudson Recycling Park, theproperty has existing energyinfrastructure, including electricpower lines and a natural gaspipeline, as well as a

    Quarterly Newsletter LaunchedTo keep the community up-to-date on progress related to Cricket ValleyEnergy, we will publish and distribute a quarterly newsletter with newsand information. The newsletter will be posted at the project Web site,www.cricketvalley.com, and will be mailed to subscribers. To subscribeto this newsletter, please email info@cricketvalley.com and write subscribein the subject line, call 845-877-0596 or visit www.cricketvalley.com

    Advisory WorkingGroups OfferCommunity ForumCricket Valley Energy has introducedthree hands-on Advisory WorkingGroups to supplement the formalpublic outreach process requiredby the State Environmental QualityReview Act, and to provide aforum for the exchange of ideasand information about topicsrelated to the project.

    We found that many peopleand groups wanted more informationabout key topics, said MattMartin, Associate Project Manager.We developed the AdvisoryWorking Groups to create aninformal opportunity for local residents and organizations tomeet with project Cont. on pg. 3

    Community Outreach Office5 Market StreetDover Plains, NY

    (845) 877-0596

    LEARN MORE

    MeetAdvisory Working GroupsAir QualityThursday, April 15, 7-8 pm

    Water, Wetlands & WildlifeThursday, April 29, 7-8 pm

    Traffic and Safety Thursday, May 13, 7-8 pm

    VisitWeb site: www.cricketvalley.com

    Community Outreach Office5 Market StreetDover Plains, NY(845) 877-0596

    Sign UpTo subscribe to this newsletter and electronic notifications, or to joinan Advisory Working Group, please email: info@cricketvalley.com.Write "subscribe" in the subject line, call: 845-877-0596 or visit theproject Web site www.cricketvalley.com.

    Inside Getting Involved Issues & Topics About the Process

    Schedule a MeetingContact us to schedule a meeting for your organization or neighborhood group. Email: info@cricketvalley.com or

    call 845-877-0596.

    Vol 1, Issue No. 1, Spring, 2010 UPDATE

    Were happy to sit down with organizationsor with a group of neighbors...

    Cont. on pg. 2

    Postal Patron

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  • Advisory Working GroupsCont. from pg. 1experts to address these topicsin detail.

    Three Advisory WorkingGroups, including Air Quality,Traffic & Safety, and Water,Wetlands & Wildlife, meet atCricket Valley EnergysCommunity Outreach Office inDover, and are planned as work-shops, with agendas set byattendees.

    We encourage these groupsto be self-directedthey settheir agendas, and identify theinformation they want coveredto keep the sessions focused ontopics that matter most to localresidents, added Martin.

    Kick-off meetings for thegroups in February were wellattended, with enthusiastic participation from about 25attendees at each session. Noexpertise is required, and community members may joinone, two or all three WorkingGroups.

    The next series of AdvisoryWorking Group meetings hasbeen scheduled, with agendascovering topics identified bymembers during the kick-off sessions. They include:

    Air QualityThursday, April 15, 7-8 pmTopics: Permitting process Air emissions monitoring systems National air quality standards

    Water, Wetlands & WildlifeThursday, April 29, 7-8 pmTopics: Species inventory Stormwater management plan Pump test results

    Traffic & Safety Thursday, May 13, 7-8 pmTopics: Safety systems and procedures Oversight and the construction process Emergency preparedness plans

    Presentations, agendas andrelated information on theAdvisory Working Groups areposted on the project Web siteat www.cricketvalley.com. To signup for the Advisory WorkingGroups, visit the Website oremail: info@cricketvalley.com, orcall 845-877-0596.

    The New York State EnvironmentalQuality Review (SEQR) Act isdesigned to keep the public andgovernment fully informed aboutthe potential impacts of a proposed action.

    As appropriate, an EIS, orEnvironmental Impact Statement,is prepared before a project canproceed, providing a detailed review that closelyexamines the environmentaleffects, impacts on human andcommunity resources, and economic considerations of theproposed action. An EIS will berequired for the Cricket ValleyEnergy project.

    The community is essentialin the environmental reviewprocess, explained Bob DeMeyere, Project Manager. Theprocess specifies opportunitiesfor public comment at key milestones in the process.

    Cricket Valley Energy Expands Public Involvement

    In addition to the requiredprocess, Cricket Valley Energy issupplementing the outreachprocess to create additionalopportunities for residents tolearn about the project andbecome involved in the process,including: Advisory Working Groups Community Outreach Office Project Web site Project brochure Topical fact sheets Quarterly newsletter Press releases and media updates

    The team has met with anumber of community groups,and would like to meet with others. Were happy to sit downwith organizationsor with agroup of neighbors who would liketo learn morejust let us know ofthe interest, and well schedule ameeting, said De Meyere.

    About the Process

    GETTING INVOLVEDRecent OutreachMeetingsWater, Wetlands & Wildlife,February 17, 2010

    Safety & Traffic Advisory Working Group, February 9, 2010

    Air Quality Advisory WorkingGroup, February 3, 2010

    Harlem Valley Chamber ofCommerce, February 2, 2010

    Dover Board of Education January 26, 2010

    Community Open House,December 15, 2009

    Community Information MeetingMay 20, 2009

    ISSUES & TOPICSSafety Each issue, Cricket ValleyEnergy examines a topic basedon a question raised by a localresident. This issue, we look atadvanced safety mechanismsCricket Valley Energy will put inplace at its proposed project.

    Will there be a safety plan forCricket Valley Energy?

    Yes. Cricket Valley Energy placessafety as its highest prioritythefacility will include state-of-the-art control systems with firedetection, alarms, and suppressionmechanisms that will be developedin consultation with Town ofDover fire and emergency servicesofficials. At any sign of irregularity,the advanced technology andsensitive instrumentation willautomatically shut down thefacility and fuel supply.

    Advanced Powers safety programis exacting and extensive, andapplies to every contractor andworker at the facility. Everycontractor must submit aComprehensive Site and SafetyPlan (CSSP) to Advanced Power,detailing safety procedures,safety equipment and safetytraining along with testing ofworkers that will be completedbefore they can enter theCricket Valley Energy property.A similarly detailed and rigorousCSSP will be required for eachphase of the proposed facility,and will be coordinated withlocal law enforcement and fireand emergency officials. Failure to adhere to all safetyregulations will result in immediatedismissal.

    Perimeter fencing will secure thesite, and authorized staff will beon site 24 hours per day, 7 daysper week, and 365 days peryear. All vehicle and personneltraffic will be controlled througha single main gate via the maincontrol room building.

    Proposed FacilityCont. from pg. 1

    Site revitalization will include extensive clean up.

    ...anopportunityto revitalize adormant site, create jobs, taxrevenue and support for local businesses making this asmart site for this project andfor the Town ofDover...

    substantial tree buffer that will minimize visual and sound impacts.In addition to the important physical advantages of the site, the

    project is an opportunity to revitalize a dormant site, create jobs, taxrevenue and support for local businessesmaking this a smart sitefor this project and for the Town of Dover, said Bob De Meyere,Project Manager.

    Cricket Valley Energy will use existing infrastructure and natural features at the site to reduce the size of the facility footprint andrevitalize a dormant property

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  • Advisory Working GroupsCont. from pg. 1experts to address these topicsin detail.

    Three Advisory WorkingGroups, including Air Quality,Traffic & Safety, and Water,Wetlands & Wildlife, meet atCricket Valley EnergysCommunity Outreach Office inDover, and are planned as work-shops, with agendas set byattendees.

    We encourage these groupsto be self-directedthey settheir agendas, and identify theinformation they want coveredto keep the sessions focused ontopics that matter most to localresidents, added Martin.

    Kick-off meetings for thegroups in February were wellattended, with enthusiastic participation from about 25attendees at