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DEC, AG want to halt Norlite pollution

Nov 14, 2022 12:55 pm

Kate Lisa reports for New York State of Politics that the New York Attorney General's office and the Department of Environmental Conservation asked the state Supreme Court on Nov. 11 to stop operations at the Norlite plant in Cohoes. Last month, the attorney general and DEC filed a lawsuit against Norlite to force the company to curb emitting harmful substances into the air with hazardous waste burning. “Air pollution from the Norlite plant has made it impossible for community members to open a window or walk outside without fearing for their health and safety,” Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “Last month, Commissioner Seggos and I filed a lawsuit to protect Cohoes residents and force an end to Norlite’s long history of environmental violations. Today, we are taking action to stop Norlite from continuing to endanger the neighboring community, and we remain committed to restoring safe, clean air for all New Yorkers.” The AG and DEC asked the court to order Norlite to monitor the levels of crystalline silica and particulate matter the facility releases into the air and report the results to the public. The DEC warns that Norlite is "emitting contaminants at levels that increase the risk to the health and well-being of the surrounding community." Residents near the Albany County plant complain of many health issues related to air toxins, including upper respiratory issues, sinus problems, high blood pressure, headaches, eye irritation, sore throats, chest pains, asthma, COPD and cancer, according to the attorney general's office. Read the full story at New York State of Politics.

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