By Miriam D. Silverman

While the St. Lawrence Cement corporation proposed construction a major coal-powered cement plant close to the banks of the Hudson River within the city of Greenport, big apple, in 1999 it ignited an issue that ruled the dialogue of neighborhood improvement within the complete Hudson Valley area. preventing the Plant is an engaging and designated chronicle of the way the concept fired the passions of many neighborhood voters, spawned the construction of various activist teams, and over the subsequent numerous years unfold to turn into a raging dispute during the Northeast. Miriam D. Silverman presents a radical and balanced exploration of the positions of each side of this hugely polarized dispute, whereas while locations the debate inside a better old and local context. For a person attracted to group organizing, the potentials and problems of recent grassroots environmentalism, and, finally, the way forward for the environmental flow, Silverman emphasizes the importance of the choice via St. Lawrence Cement to withdraw its program in 2005.

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