April 9, 2023
Environmental activists heralded a new report Thursday that they say proves a hybrid renewable energy microgrid is feasible to help power NJ Transit’s power needs during an unexpected outage, as opposed to a fossil-fuel-burning power plant in Kearny that the agency is currently weighing.
At a rally protesting the plant before Monday’s NJ Transit board meeting, Iveth Mosquera spoke about how she left Newark to move to Kearny after her children were born with asthma and she feared for their health from local pollution.
“My kids were born down the street, and they suffered from asthma, debilitating asthma, debilitating allergies all of their lives, and I’m almost 100% sure it has to do with the pollution in the Ironbound,” she said to the 20 or so activists who gathered in front of NJ Transit headquarters. “Then we moved to Kearny thinking it was a little better. Well, Kearny is probably just as polluted as Newark.”