In April 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an air quality permit for a proposed large-scale natural gas-fired power plant in Renovo that would be a major source of air pollution for a number of harmful pollutants. However, the DEP denied Renovo residents the opportunity to learn more about and raise concerns about this permit during a public hearing, even though dozens of Renovo residents asked for one.
Renovo Energy is planning to construct a 16-inch pipeline through the Sproul State Forest that would provide the natural gas required for the proposed Renovo Energy Center power plant. Sproul is the largest forest in the state forest system, covering 305,450 acres. The public enjoys Sproul State Forest for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, camping, boating, ATV riding, horse riding, and for peace and solitude. The forest contains over 400 miles of cold-water streams, including 12 designated Wilderness Trout Streams.