Monthly Archives: March 2013

Whoa! Gov. Cuomo, how much are we worth?

According to the most recent census, the population of Orange County, New York is 374,512 people. Apparently, Governor Cuomo received $55,588 in campaign contributions from Nixon Peabody, whose client was none other than CPV. Read here for more info: http://spectator.org/archives/2011/08/11/crooked-cuomo

 

Environmental Justice

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Middletown Chapter

P.O. Box 2329

Middletown, NY 10940

 

November 17, 2009

Ann Yates

Chair, Planning Board

Town of Wawayanda, N.Y.

 

Dear Ms. Yates:

The Middletown NAACP is writing to express our serious concerns regarding the CPV Valley Energy Center Power Plant proposal. The process approval for the construction of this facility raises many concerns regarding the air quality, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and hazardous chemical storage as it pertains to the environmental safety of African Americans and other minorities in the proximity of the proposed project. The CPV project touts the economic benefits of its project, however, it is our position that the economic benefits of the power plant must not supersede or ignore the well being of the affected residents and the nearby schools. It is a well known that power plants produce myriad pollutants that decrease air quality, an are usually located near low income, and minority communities such as David Moore Heights.

 

African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, indigenous peoples and the poor bear a disproportionate burden of America’s environmental problems.  Government agencies and industries overwhelmingly locate polluting facilities in communities of color and engage in hazardous and unsustainable development, over the protests of residents and in disregard of safer and more environmentally protective alternatives. Minority neighborhoods are frequently host sites for dangerous facilities such as landfills, electrical power stations, incinerators, and waste treatment plants.

 

According to a recently released study, “Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty, 1987-2007,” people of color are more concentrated near hazardous waste facilities than twenty years ago. Among the study’s findings, 40 of 44 states with hazardous waste facilities have disproportionately high percentages of minorities living in host communities. Today, African-Americans and other minorities represent 56% of those living in neighborhoods within two miles of commercial hazardous waste facilities. Historically, African American and other people of color communities have borne a disproportionate burden of pollution from landfills, garbage dumps, incinerators, sewage treatment plants, chemical industries and a host of other polluting facilities. Many dirty industries have followed the “path of least resistance” allowing communities of color to become environmental “sacrificial lambs” and the “dumping grounds” for all kinds of health-threatening operations.

 

For example, according to a review conducted by Orange Environment, “The plant will be located in a federal air quality non-attainment area for ozone and certain particulate matter” DEIS page 9-7. It is proposed that the plant will purchase non-attainment emissions offsets for nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds to mitigate the impact of GHG’s. However, these may be traded across state lines. Page 9-20. The air quality in and around Wawayanda and Orange County likely will suffer from further deterioration unless it is ensured that offsets are available and purchased in a manner such that existing emissions from sources in the Wawayanda area are reduced in appropriate amounts. Similarly the plant will have to purchase allowances for its sulfur dioxide emissions. Page 9-24. Once again, unless corresponding local reduction of existing emissions of this irritating and acid rain contributing gas are achieved, the air quality in and around Wawayanda will deteriorate at the expense of the residents, minority population, and the schools.

According to the USEPA  “Children are uniquely vulnerable to toxic chemicals in the environment and should not be required by law to spend up to eight hours a day exposed to landfills, incinerators or even Superfund sites. Our schools should be a safe space. According to the USEPA “As part of a new air toxics monitoring initiative, EPA, state and local air pollution control agencies will monitor the outdoor air around schools for pollutants known as toxic air pollutants, or air toxics.  The Clean Air Act includes a list of 187 of these pollutants. Air toxics are of potential concern because exposure to high levels of these pollutants over many decades could result in long-term health effects.

 

Additionally, we have concerns about the storage and use of hazardous chemicals within the community and the environs of the minority community. For instance, when ammonia at a 20% concentration is stored, the Clean Air Act and federal regulations require that a catastrophic release model be developed. However, the plant will avoid this requirement by using a 19% concentration. Page 9-25. This appears to be a direct attempt to “evade” the tenets of responsible environmental stewardship while “flying under the legal radar”. If this was the stratagem of CPV, it is disappointing and justifiably raises a concern whether safety was the highest priority in project planning. The borderline concentration level suggests the potential for a catastrophic release model.

The above concerns provide a brief summary of our concerns regarding this project.The Middletown NAACP is committed to protecting and advocating for the rights and causes of the disenfranchised. Therefore it is our deliberate objective to ensure that environmental justice is not overlooked at the expense of the health and well-being of African-Americans and minorities who are uninformed, or afraid to speak up because they do not have any other place to live. I look forward to your response to this critical issue.

 

Sincerely

James A. Rollins, Sr.

President, Middletown NAACP

CPV Valley FEIS

Here are documents for the CPV Valley Final Environmental Impact Statement: http://cpvvalley.com/FEIS.php  and the Town of Wawayanda: http://townofwawayanda.com/content/newsletter_details.asp?ArticleID=149 

Dear Governor Cuomo: Letter From Slate Hill Resident Regarding Power Plant Dangers

January 17, 2013

Dear Governor Cuomo:

 

I applaud many of the environmental and energy platforms you outlined in the State of the State, especially the billion dollar commitment to solar energy with the NY Sun Initiative and your promises to reduce dangerous carbon pollution, move away from large, dirty power plants and transition to local, clean energy sources like wind and solar.

 

In 1986-7 I designed, general contracted and performed most of the construction, along with my wife and small children to build our passive solar home, which thanks to policy incentives in New York and introduced by President Obama, I added 36 Photo Voltaic Panels, which generate about 8 kilowatts or just about all of the electricity my family uses.  We are doing our part and more.

 

In my town, Wawayanda, Orange County, a hydrofracked natural gas/diesel back-up power plant is in the planning process; the company, Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) seems to be buying off the Republican Town officials by providing them with what I believe to be is a figure of approximately $14 million, the use of which money is unclear.  The Millennium Pipe, working along with CPV, which will supply the unstable hydrofracked natural gas to the proposed plant, primarily coming from Pennsylvania, and probably with hopes/intentions of adding to that supply from New York’s Southern Tier and elsewhere along the Delaware River Basin, recently bullied the Town of Minisink, which adjoins Wawayanda, to construct a Pressure Generating Station for their gas line.  Apparently, the pipeline was originally installed in sections with smaller sized pipe and will require the hazardous Pressure Station to boost the gas pressure.  The Pressure Station is located in a rural residential neighborhood and, in the event of a major explosion, as those that have occurred elsewhere in the US with similar facilities, the pipe line company proposes the use of the local Minisink School District Buildings, in Slate Hill to be designated as an evacuation center.  But Governor Cuomo, my understanding is that this school is located within the explosion zone of the Pressure Station that is now under construction despite impending litigation by the homeowners and other concerned citizens in our area to stop it.

 

I share this information, which I trust you are already aware of, in order to ask you, to beg you to stop this assault on the people and the environment; this travesty and insanity, which threatens our entire County as well as New York’s climate future not to mention that beyond our boarders, and sets another precedent of misguided, greed driven corporate war against the environment and people, none of whom that live here will derive any benefit from this proposed power plant because the electricity is being generated for the metropolitan area downstate.  There can be no justification for this.  Please pursue your enlightened policy of green energy technology development in our state.  Ban hydrofracking in New York State.  Stop CVP and the Millennium Pipeline.

 

It’s high time New York becomes a national leader in creating a clean energy economy that’s built to last. We can’t frack and burn our way to the safer, more prosperous future you outlined in the State of the State. But we can reduce the threat of future climate emergencies, like Super-storm Sandy, by developing wind and solar across the state. This will bolster economic development opportunities from wind and solar energy where it is needed most.   I look forward to helping you turn your words into action.  And, I would truly welcome some response/reply to what I convey in the letter.

 

Sincerely,

Randolph J. Hurst

83 Post Road

Slate Hill, NY 10973

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Community Town Hall Meeting March 22, 2015

URGENT!!!!!

NEXT PUBLIC HEARING

WEDNESDAY APRIL 8th 7:30PM

CPV is requesting amendment to the conditional site plan granted to them by the Town of Wawayanda Planning Board

All concerned residents of the surrounding towns this power plant will destroy should attend this meeting and let your voices against this outrage be heard!

Wawayanda Town Hall, Ridgebury Hill Road, Slate Hill, New York 10973 on April 8, 2015 at 7:30 P.M.

http://townofwawayanda.com/index.php/doc-center/public-hearings-public-notices/649-cpv-public-hearing-april-8-2014/file.html

Printable Petitions Here

Press Release Short Press Release-Town Hall Meeting on CPV Plant (Short)

Press Release Long Press Release-Town Hall Mtg on CPV (long)

DONATE TO HELP STOPCPV

ON SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015 from 1PM – 3PM
Join your neighbors in a community
TOWN HALL MEETING
Senior Center, Shannen Park
1918 Route 284, Slate Hill, NY
to discuss the
CPV POWER PLANT(COMPETITIVE POWER VENTURES)
a 650 MW gas plant about to be built in WAWAYANDA
between Routes 17M, 6 and 84

EMISSIONS WOULD AFFECT ALL LIVING WITHIN A 50-MILE RADIUS-
(Wawayanda, Middletown, Minisink, Otisville, Mt. Hope, Florida, Goshen, Warwick, Chester,
Monroe, Harriman, and beyond)
• Air Quality: 2.1 Million tons of CO2e and over 400 tons of toxic chemicals
• Possible soil contamination: Ground level ozone, radioactivity, and lead
• Impacts upon our precious black dirt farms, and food production:
• Endangered species and Wetlands would be destroyed

THIS WOULD AFFECT OUR HEALTH and SAFETY
• Increased risks of asthma and autism in children, frail and elderly may
face increased risk of cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses
• 15000 gallon ammonia tank and million gallon diesel tank

THIS WOULD AFFECT OUR WALLETS
• Plummeting property values
• Will add only 23 permanent jobs
• Paid for by taxpayer and ratepayer subsidies – Up to 16 percent rate hike
imposed by FERC for the Lower Hudson Valley to pay for this.
• The resulting electricity would be sold in the wholesale market, not directly to
local residents, studies have shown there is no supply need in our area.

THIS IS URGENT: The Governor has not yet approved it
Let’s meet, discuss, and take back the decision-making in our region.
For more information visit:
protectorangecounty.org neighborsunitedforthefacts.org

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the
only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

For a printable flyer please click –>Community-Town-Hall-Meeting-Flyer.pdf

Want the facts? Please click–>  CPV POWER PLANT FACT SHEET

PLEASE WATCH: CPV will have a 15,000 gallon ammonia tank. This video shows a police officer being killed instantly by ammonia vapors!

Letter Writing Action

Randy Hurst has prepared some ideas for letter writers and a list of contacts for everyone who wishes to take action to stop tax payer funding and stop this project before it’s too late and destroys our living environment.  Click here for some ideas for letter writers. Click here for a list of contacts.

 

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Gas infrastructure projects such as the Millennium Pipeline, The Minisink Compressor Station, The proposed CPV Gas Power Plant, the expanding Ramapo interconnect, proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, and AIM expansion, along with the regulatory changes implemented by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission such as the Lower Hudson Capacity Zone, all will have dramatic environmental and economic implications for the Lower Hudson Valley.

We have a unique opportunity to discuss these issues with film-maker Josh Fox, law professor and former Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, along with special guest actor James Cromwell. They will all be here this Sunday February 22, 2015 at 11am at SUNY-Orange, Harriman Hall, 115 South Street, Middletown N.Y. 10940

This event includes a theatrical/musical performance, a preview of Fox’s new film on Climate Change, followed by a town hall style Q & A. We hope you join us. The event is free but please RSVP as seats are limited. Please reserve your seats here!

Also if you are on facebook please invite your friends to attend through FB
https://www.facebook.com/events/1548650608742902/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

Thank You!

I hope to see you there to help build solutions

Solutions-Grassroots-Poster

 

 

Our Letter to Governor Cuomo

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS Capitol Building
Albany, New York 12224
January 28, 2014

Dear Governor Cuomo:

We would like to express our sincere and deep appreciation for your prohibition of high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State, based on the public health concerns identified by Commissioner Zucker and the economic reasoning of Commissioner Martens.
This bold decision displayed great leadership, foresight and a deep commitment to safeguard the health and safety of all New York citizens. We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, request that the same reasoning and the same courageous leadership that went into banning horizontal drilling serve to reject any and all state support for the proposed CPV Valley Energy Center. It is a 650 MW gas-fired power plant project in Orange County that now seeks to secure power purchase agreements and other guarantees from state entities.

We oppose the project for the following reasons:

1. This project does not meet any reasonable clean energy standards. It would be a new source of over 2.1 million tons of CO2 emissions annually. Much of the fuel would derive from high-volume fracking wells in Pennsylvania. This fracked gas would be backed up by a diesel-fuel tank of nearly a million gallons. The global warming potential (GWP) of this project must be calculated from the full life cycle of the gas — from wellhead to power plant, assessing combustion as well as the fugitive methane that leaks or is purposely vented during the extraction, processing and transportation of the gas.

2. According to the U.N. sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane has a GWP 86 times that of CO2 over a 20-year time frame. The expected life of this project is thirty years , well past the climate tipping point. A more recent IPCC report concludes that, to avert climate catastrophe, greenhouse gas levels must be significantly reduced by 2020, a mere five years from now! These and other reports indicate that we must transition away from fossil fuels entirely. The notion that gas is a bridge fuel is not supported by the science.
The climate crisis is an economic as well as environmental threat given the extensive property damage resulting from super storms, such as Sandy, that are caused by rising temperature. In fact, with the current trajectory, by mid-century, climate change is expected to cost New York State 10 billion dollars annually.

3. The CPV project is highly controversial because many environmental and public health concerns raised by local residents were never addressed during the State Environmental Quality Review Act review, which was led by the local town board (problematic in its own right). The project is located on pristine land of “agricultural significance,” unusually rich in cultural and archeological resources. Indeed, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation identifies it as a Critical Environmental Area (CEA). It sits on the edge of New York’s famed black-dirt region, home to many specialty farms, orchards and vineyards. The project site includes designated wetlands, endangered species habitat and farmland of historical significance.
Most disconcerting is that it would be in close proximity to residential neighborhoods and schools, including a public housing project directly adjacent to the site. Exposure to particulate matter and volatile organic compounds has long been documented to increase cardiovascular, respiratory and cancer risks. This is a massive industrial facility that simply does not belong in such a sensitive area.
Now CPV seeks to burden the public further by expecting taxpayers and ratepayers to fund its construction and operation. This is also contrary to representations made by CPV during Public Service Commission proceedings that the project would be funded and secured by private financing arrangements.

4. This project is not needed. New York State currently has excess electric power generation capacity, only utilizing approximately 41% of existing generation capacity. As identified in the New York Independent System Operator Power Trends 2013 Report and supported by the NYS Energy Plan, there is no current or anticipated shortage of electrical power supply in our state. While there is an imbalance between upstate and downstate energy supplies, the New York State Energy Highway Blueprint Initiative would implement transmission upgrades that will remedy the present delivery congestion.
Any future needs must be met by 100% renewable energy choices. As the cost of solar and wind energy continues to decrease dramatically, the idea of spending 900 million dollars on polluting fossil fuel infrastructure burdened with heavy externalities is untenable and irrational.

5. Finally, New York State’s principled and informed position on fracking must logically be extended to ban the use of fracked gas for both material and moral reasons.
(a) The air quality and water impacts identified by the studies cited by Commissioner Zucker cannot be stopped at the Pennsylvania/NY border.
(b) If fracking is not safe for New Yorkers it is not safe for our neighbors in PA. Increasing our dependence on and use of fracked gas would increase regional, as well as local, environmental and public health risks. It would also make us complicit in the suffering and harm of our neighbors.
In conclusion, the CPV project is not consistent with New York’s vision of a clean, sustainable energy future. It would create enormous adverse environmental impacts and jeopardize public health. It seeks to transfer all of the costs and risks onto ratepayers and taxpayers. It would require an extensive infrastructure network that would accelerate the climate crisis and displace investments in renewable energy. For these reasons, we the undersigned urge you to reject consideration and approval of the CPV Valley Energy Center project.
Sincerely,
Cc: The Honorable Audrey Zibelman
Chairperson
New York State Public Service Commission
Three Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223-1350
SIGNATORIES,

Organizations

350MA-Berkshires Arnold Piacentini, Coordination Team Member
Shira Wohlberg, and Anne O’Connor
Judy Eddy, Coordinator No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure/Pro-Renewables Campaign

Artisan Kitchen and Bath
David Drugmand, Construction Supervisor

BPVS
Christopher Derby Kilfoyle, President

Bread Eaters of Beaver
Russell Honicker, Baker

Breathe Easy Susquehanna County (BESC)
Rebecca Roter, Chairperson

Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
Heidi Gogins, Director

Center for Environmental Health
Leigh Scudder, Intern

Citizen Action of NY
Kat Fisher, Lead Organizer

Citizens Environmental Coalition
Barbara Warren, Executive Director

Clean Air Council
Matt Walker, Community Outreach Director

ClimateMama
Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director

Community Environmental Health
Ellen Webb

Concerned Residents of Oxford NY
Mina Takahashi, Founding member

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
Ruth Hardinger and B. Arrindell, Director

Delaware Action Group
Carole Marner, Founding Member
Food And Water Watch
Eric Weltman, Senior Organizer

Frack Action
Julia Walsh, Director

Frack-Free Catskills
Ed Haffmans
SPAN Oann Myersj

Gas Free Seneca
Yvonne Taylor, Co-Founder

Global Community Monitor
Jessica Hendricks, Senior Program Manager

Grassroots Environmental Education
Patti Wood, Executive Director
Green Party
Howie Hawkins, 2014 candidate for NY Governor

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director

Hungry Hill Air Patrol, Hancock, NY (Compressor Station)
Gerald J Faucher, Organizer

MADCO
Jamie Tousant, Levi Tousant, Malissa Williams

Madcopreservation Andrea Sutherland , DeRuyter NY

Madison County Neighbors for Environmental Preservation
Liz Haskins, Concerned Citizen

Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network
Kathryn Eiseman, Director

Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community
Tammy Mangan and Ted Cady, Secretary

NYH20
Buck Moorhead, Director

Orange Environment
Michael Edelstein

People For a Healthy Environment
Doug Couchon

Protect Orange County
Deb Slattery, Director

Ramapo Lenape Indians
Joseph Liporace Jr

Ramapough Lenape Nation
Jack Anderson, Tribal Counsel Member

Roseland Against Compressor Station (RACS)
Mary Kushner

SACRED (Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development)
Wendy Robinson, Co-founder

Sane Energy Project
Clare Donohue, Program Director

Save Native Sites
Judy Abbott, Gallery owner/ Artist

Second Home Solution
Patricia Drugmand, Property Manager

Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Randolph Hurst, Ramapo/Catskill Group Conservation Committee Chairman

Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion
Susan Van Dolsen, Co-founder

Stop The Minisink Compressor Station (StopMCS)
Pramilla Malick, Founder

The Mothers Project
Angela Monti Fox, Director
Individuals

Edward Nardi, Citizen

Mina Hamilton. Writer

Mary Beth Egan, NY taxpayer

Hope Sandrow, Artist

Lisa Tyner

Evelyn Preuss

Mary Finneran

Natalie Jean Tyner

Tiffany Tyner

Carol Babcock

Erskine Babcock

Warren Babcock

Bernard Handler, DCS, steering committee

Sandra Kissam, Orange County Citizen, Newburgh, NY

Erika Myers, Private Citizen, Historic Home and land owner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Dangerous gas-fired electrical power plant is planned for Wawayanda

What does this mean for you?

  • Exposure to carcinogens and neurotoxins 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some of these are nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, volatile organic compounds,  mercury compounds and formaldehyde; making your children sick
  • Possible methane contamination of our water supply.
  • Contamination of our soil with particulate matter.
  • Dangerous risk of explosion for all workers and nearby residents and businesses.
  • Industrialization of the area and a drastic reduction of your property value.
  • Pipelines tearing up your yards to transport gas from the Millennium pipeline to the plant with others also planning to connect.
WHAT CAN WE DO?  …………..STOP IT!
  • Tell the Wawayanda town board that you don’t want it!
  • Tell the City of Middletown that you don’t want it!
  • Tell the PSC (Audrey Zibelman) that you don’t want it!

URGENT ACTION!!!

CPV VALLEY PETITIONING FOR A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY

Date: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014

Time: 6:30 PM 

Location: Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange) Library/Gilman Center, Room 130

115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940

A .pdf copy of the notice can be found by clicking here

Please feel free to share this flyer

Please know that there are other ways to submit comments if you can’t make it to the public hearing. We encourage everyone to speak out and let PSC know that this power plant is NOT needed! Thank you!

In all correspondence, please be sure to put Case 10-E-0501.

Internet: http://www.dps.ny.gov/  Click on search and enter the case number (10-E-0501) in the search by case number box. OR go directly to the search page: http://www3.dps.ny.gov/W/PSCWeb.nsf/All/B428BB2B680CD9B485257687006F3890?OpenDocument and the “search by case number” is the third search down. In the open case, enter comments in the “post comments” located at the top of the page.

Email: Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary  at secretary@dps.ny.gov

Regular Mail: Secretary Burgess at the New York State Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350

Telephone: 1.800.335.2120 (Commission’s Opinion Line)

Please Click Here For Press Release

Driving directions to the college library from NYC: http://www.mapquest.com/#efa5ff65c0303feb8895dd70

New Jersey Transit Main: http://www.njtransit.com/rg/rg_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=LineDetailsTo&selLine=MNBN

Shortline Bus: http://www.coachusa.com/shortline/

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Past Hearings

PUBLIC COMMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING BY JUNE 14, 2013 TO THE NYSDEC AT THE FOLLOWING CONTACT:

Christoper M. Hogan

NYSDEC

625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233

Email:  cmhogan@gw.dec.state.ny.us and depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us

518.402.9167

***On May 8, 2013, the Town of Wawayanda Planning Board voted unanimously to give CPV conditional site plan, special use and lot line consolidation permits. This is the legacy they feel they must leave for future generations!***  

***UPDATE: The City of Middletown waived CPV zoning variances on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. There was no public hearing!***

GO TO THE NEXT  CRITICAL  ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MEETING, CITY OF MIDDLETOWN

POSSIBLE NEW DATE BUT NOT CONFIRMED YET: October 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm 

**CPV Keeps canceling and/or not scheduling this** zoning board of appeals hearing …

Wednesday, March 20 2013 7:00PM CANCELLED 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7:00 PM CANCELLED

Please check the City of Middletown Web site for new date and/or future cancellations and agenda of public hearing for CPV Valley here

Middletown City Hall

16 James Street, Middletown, NY 10940

The town board has approved this project but it is not finalized and it is not too late to stop it. contact us at wakeupwawayanda@gmail.com

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