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Nassau gives brook historic name

Oct 25, 2018 12:09 am
Kenneth C. Crowe II reports in the Albany Times Union that Nassau has renamed Tributary T-11A as Little Thunder Brook, as the waterway tries to recover from the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site.“Referring to the stream at T-11A doesn’t do it justice. We’re trying to stand up for rural New Yorkers who’ve been ignored,” said Nassau Supervisor David Fleming. Little brook was the name Frank Abbot fought under the name Little Thunder in the Anti-Rent Wars in New York in the 1840s. Abbott and cohorts dressed as Native Americans and tarred and feathered opponents to protest high rents. “Frank Abbott helped to bring down politicians that ignored the rights of rural residents. In this fight for our collective future, it is fitting that we honor Abbott’s legacy with the healing represented by the work about to start on Little Thunder Brook,” Fleming said. The Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing the General Electric Co. cleanup at Little Thunder Brook in the southern Rensselaer County town that is expected to be complete in early 2019. There was an estimated 46,000 tons of industrial waste buried at the site with industrial solvents, waste oil, PCBs, scrap materials, sludge and solids. The Little Thunder Brook is a tributary of the Valatie Kill, a protected trout stream that leads into Kinderhook Lake in Columbia County. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.
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