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Dump foes to meet with town officials

Feb 12, 2019 6:45 am
Brian Nearing is reporting for the Times Union opponents of a sprawling dump off Partition Street in Rensselaer will meet Feb. 13, with local politicians and a former high-ranking federal environmental official to outline their concerns. The meeting will include Judith Eck, the former regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and John Barone, an attorney retained by The Sierra Club to represent the neighbors who oppose the S.A. Dunn & Co. landfill. Neighbors complain that dozens of large tractor-trailer trucks deliver loads to the landfill on weekdays. Since its opening in 2015, more than 50,000 trucks from multiple states have dumped hundreds of thousands of tons of debris at the Dunn site. The dump can legally accept concrete, Sheetrock, asphalt, masonry, roofing materials, plumbing fixtures, asbestos-free insulation, empty buckets, wood, plastics and "pulverized waste." It cannot legally accept regular household garbage or hazardous waste. One of the dump's closest neighbors is the Rensselaer Junior-Senior High School, which has more than 1,000 students. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m., Wed., Feb. 13, at the Rensselaer Public Library, 676 East Street in Rensselaer. Read the full story in the Times Union.