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Officials take action in Albany against toxic chemical incineration

Mar 03, 2020 12:52 am
Rick Karlin reports in the Times Union that more evidence emerged March 2 that toxic PFAS materials have been burned at the Norlite plant in Cohoes since at least 2018. The state of Vermont shipped 2,150 gallons of PFAS chemicals to Norlite that the company charged for $45,000 to incinerate. That's a tanker truck full of toxic "forever" chemicals that do not break down. The PFAS from Vermont were used in aqueous film forming foam, a substance used to fight fires. Fire fighting foam was also used at a training center in Cairo, in Greene County, that has poisoned the town's well water with PFOS. In Albany County, officials and activists have been outraged since they found out last week about the toxic burning at a kiln in Cohoes. “This is one of the most serious environmental threats facing the Capital Region in some time,” said Judith Enck, a former regional EPA administrator. Assemblymember John McDonald and state Senator Neil Breslin announced March 2 that they are sponsoring a bill that would ban AFFF incineration. The perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds in the chemicals are associated with health problems, including thyroid disorders and cancer. Read more about this story in the Times Union.
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