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Nassau asks Rensselaer County to regulate chemical

Jul 21, 2017 12:03 am
Kenneth C. Crowe II reports in the Albany Times Union that the town of Nassau has asked the Rensselaer County Legislature to limit the discharge of 1,4-dioxane, a potential carcinogen, in local waterways. The 1,4-dioxane has been found in treated water from the Dewey Loeffel federal superfund site. Town officials have been trying to stop the release of 1,4-dioxane from the federally supervised water treatment facility at Dewey Loeffel until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets a discharge limit for the chemical. The water from near the Dewey Loeffel site then flows south into the Valatie Kill through Rensselaer and Columbia counties. The story says, "Between 1952 until 1968, an estimated 46,000 tons of toxic industrial waste were dumped at the site," in Nassau and the EPA says that includes industrial solvents, waste oil, PCBs, scrap materials, sludge, and solids. "Time and time again, officials and residents have joined together to request that EPA determine acceptable levels for discharge of contaminant 1,4-dioxane into Rensselaer County water resources to protect human health and the food chain. This has not been done and the time for waiting has long been over," Supervisor David Fleming said in a statement. "We are suggesting a massive shift in policy. Rensselaer County technically has title to the Loeffel Superfund Site. We are proposing the county set their own discharge limits for their own property and require that EPA comply with their limits." Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.
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