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Rensselaer County expands one-year moratorium on solid waste facilities

Aug 15, 2019 12:55 am
Kenneth C. Crowe II reports in the Albany Times Union that in a unanimous Aug. 13 vote the Rensselaer County Legislature expanded its one-year moratorium on new solid waste facilities to include nearly the entire county instead of just within a mile of the Hudson River. The County Legislature will hold hearings during the moratorium to hear residents’ comments on potential environmental laws and regulations. But at least one resident warned the action came too late. “The water issue is one of the sleeper issues,” Peter Finn of Rensselaer complaining about the Dunn landfill in Rensselaer, where he says rainwater is contaminated and then drains into the Quackenderry Creek which heads into the Hudson River. Another project was also approved recently in Rensselaer: the BioTech America trash-processing plant proposed at the former BASF site. Read more about this story in the Albany Times Union.