Residents weigh in on Dewey Loeffel clean-up
May 16, 2014 5:00 am
Barbara Reina is reporting in the Register Star Columbia County residents and officials gathered for a community forum on the Dewey Loeffel Superfund site cleanup early this week. The event was sponsored by the Nassau-based organization UNCAGED. Residents raised questions about the possible cumulative effects of treated and discharged chemical compounds, the EPA timeline for continuous discharge flow from the treatment plant on site into the Valatie Kill and the potential impacts on organic farmers who may use the downstream waterways for irrigation. Residents also requested that fishing advisory signs be posted around Nassau Lake. Valatie Village Mayor Diane Argyle said Environmental Protection Agency officials have agreed to test the water at two points near Kinderhook Lake and at another spot below the lake. Columbia County Environmental Management Council member Ed Simonsen said there are plans for representatives from the council to speak with a subcommittee of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors in an effort to gather support for the creation of a map and water study of the area. Read the full story in the Register Star.