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Astoria power plant spews black smoke

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:21 am, Fri Jun 28, 2013.

Black smoke, but thankfully no black- outs.

The TransCanada Ravenswood Power Plant, also known as Big Allis, lost a boiler combustion fan when it overheated on Monday afternoon, spewing a dark cloud of smoke over Astoria.

“I was just driving home from City Hall and I saw this disgusting plume of black smoke,” Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said of the power plant on 36th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard.

Several residents posted to his Facebook page worried about a fire. He called the company, which blamed the boiler fan failure for the smoke.

“As a result of the loss of this combustion fan, black smoke was present in the stack and people would have seen this for a short period of time. Corrective action was taken immediately and the situation is under control,” TransCanada spokesperson Grady Semmens said in an email.

There was no fire and no health risks, Semmens said.

The plant lost 500 megawatts because of the incident.

“They don’t believe there is a risk of a brownout,” Vallone said. No incidents were reported in the days that followed.

“The Ravenswood facility has the ability to deliver additional power from our reserve units on site, which will allow us to meet our commitments to our customers in the New York City area,” Semmens said.

The fan wasn’t damaged and it was soon working normally again.


This article was corrected to include the proper spelling of "Big Allis."

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