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Coeymans considers law severely limiting burning waste

Dec 27, 2018 12:47 am
Brian Nearing reports in the Albany Times Union that the town of Coeymans in southern Albany County will consider a law to severely limit the burning of waste Dec. 27. The board is expected to vote on the issue Jan. 10, but first members of the public get to have their say. Representatives of Lafarge Holcim, the international company that owns a cement plant in the area, are expected to speak against the measure. The proposed local law would set limits on waste burning, and impose very strict standards on emissions including toxic dioxins, furans, the heavy metal mercury, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. The environmental group Riverkeeper is backing the proposal. Last year, plans to ship shredded garbage from Hartford, Conn., to the Lafarge plant were made public, though Lafarge officials immediately denied to Connecticut officials being part of a proposal by Mustang Renewable Power Ventures. Local activists made much noise about that proposal, which is no longer on the table. Currently Lafarge has an air pollution permit from the state that allows burning natural gas, coal, coke, or fuel oil as fuel in its high-temperature kiln used to make cement. Alternative fuels must be reviewed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. In 2017 Lafarge began operating a new kiln system that is supposed to emit less air pollution and use less water than the old kiln, part of a 2010 agreement between Lafarge and state and federal officials. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.
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