Board Approves Newark Power Plant Despite Opposition

Newark's planning board has approved a natural gas power plant  for an industrial neighborhood in the city's Ironbound district.

Hess Corporation said it plans to build a $750 million, 655-megawatt plant that would be among the cleanest in the country near Newark Bay and the mouth of the Passaic River, adjacent to a firing range and existing fuel storage tanks owned by the company.

The plant will bring 400 new jobs during three years of construction and 26 positions when the plant opens, a spokesman for Hess told WNYC.

But Environmentalists and neighborhood residents say it's unfair for the Ironbound to bear the brunt of the region's industrial pollution.

"Just because folks in the City of Newark are people of color, low income, it doesn't mean that our health isn't important," Kim Gaddy, who lives in Newark, told WNYC earlier this month.

The issue now goes to the full City Council.

Marc Garber and Nancy Solomon contributed reporting.