Riverkeeper hosting public meeting on Brunner Island river access

David Weissman
York Dispatch
Concrete barriers and a large "Private Property" sign has been erected at the entrance of the wetlands trail along Wago Road in York Haven. Talen Energy has closed Fisherman's Park and other public access areas around the Brunner's Island power plant, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

The Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association will host a public meeting Saturday, Jan. 13, to discuss the recent closure of river access areas at Talen Energy's Brunner Island Power Plant in York Haven, according to a news release.

The company closed off access to popular fishing and recreation spots surrounding the plant in November.

Todd Martin, a spokesman for Talen Energy, has said that the company decided to close access because it is operating an active power plant and "our private property should not be utilized for other purposes."

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The Riverkeeper Association's meeting will be held from noon until 3 p.m. at the Conewago Inn, 3480 York Haven Road in Newberry Township.

"The association invites all persons interested in this sudden denial of access and its impact to the people of central Pennsylvania," the release states. "The meeting will offer an opportunity for affected community members to share their experiences and to initiate a conversation with local officials about public access and other concerns about the site."