Ravena plant planned earlier to burn waste in kilns
Mar 20, 2019 12:39 am
Brian Nearing reports in the Albany Times Union that in late 2017 the Ravena cement plant denied that it intended to burn waste from Connecticut but a letter surfaced this week showing that owners LafargeHolcim wanted to do just that. Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck released the letter, from an affiliate of LafargeHolcim, which owns the plant in Ravena, to a California-based company that was seeking to acquire municipal waste from Hartford, Conn. In the July 19, 2017 latter, a regional official of Geocycle, which is a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, told the head of Mustang Renewable Power that the company wanted to buy 50,000 tons or more of processed waste to be burned as fuel in the kilns at the Ravena plant. Those kilns are across Route 9W from the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School. Currently, town officials in Ravena are considering an air pollution law that would stop Lafarge from burning used tires at the plant. "It appears that Lafarge assumed the (July) letter would be kept confidential," said Enck, who is backing an the proposed town air pollution law, which Lafarge is opposing. "This shows a continuing pattern of dishonesty." The letter was "just an exploratory discussion since we don't have a permit or equipment at the plant to co-process plastics," said Jocelyn Gerst, director of U.S. marketing and communications for Swiss-based LafargeHolcim. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.