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Krenzers and RG&E to meet

Chili, N.Y. -- A tentative meeting between the Krenzer family, Rochester Gas and Electric and several state agencies is set for Friday, according to Marie Krenzer.

Her family has been fighting to change a proposed $250 million dollar utility upgrade which would strip some 80 acres of their Chili farmland.

We're not against the project we want to see the project go forward, it has merit, but there's a better way that won't hurt Krenzer farms as much as this approved project is going to."

This comes a day after the state Public Service Commission withdrew its support for RG&Es plan. The Department of Agriculture and Markets stated that it did not have direct contact with the Krenzer family and relied on RG&E with regard to the familys stance on the project.

Several calls and messages left for the Department of Agriculture and Markets were not returned.

An administrative judge will meet with all stakeholders and report results of their review to the PSC in one month.

RG&E released a statement that did not directly answer any questions from 13WHAM News.

The company reiterated the following:

1. Completing this project is critical for the Rochester region, and the Commission has set out a process for resolving the remaining questions of the project impacts.

2. RG&E is committed to work with all of the parties over the next 30 days to try to find an acceptable solution and move this project forward.

3. In its order released yesterday, the Commission explicitly said It is undisputed that RG&E complied with its legal obligation to provide notice of the Application by publication, and that notice was legally sufficient in this case. (p.12)

4. As a final point, we are pleased the Commission re-affirmed the urgency and importance of this project and that the balance of the work can continue to move ahead. In the Commissions Order, they explicitly stated: the Certificate Order was neither modified nor stayed by this order. RG&E should expeditiously continue to prepare its Environmental Management and Construction Plan (EM&CP) filing in compliance with the Certificate Order, in light of the reliability need for this project.


Evan White, 13WHAM-TV
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