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Environmental Justice designation complicates license renewal for Rensselaer landfill

Jul 02, 2021 5:35 am

Rick Karlin reports for the Times Union that new census data is changing the neighborhood abutting the S.A. Dunn construction and demolition debris landfill to an Environmental Justice zone, which could complicate the controversial facility’s efforts to renew its state operating permit next year. Plus, operators of the construction and demolition debris landfill will have to conduct a public meeting on any future major permit modification applications. The landfill is next to Rensselaer schools, and has gotten many complaints about dust, odors, and traffic. Two weeks ago the city of Rensselaer Common Council approved a resolution asking the DEC and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to close the landfill. Robert Welton, one of the activists who wants the landfill closed, was happy about the designation. “I understand it means special outreach efforts will be required of the applicant to make sure everyone is fully informed of their rights and how they can provide input relating to the application,” he said.