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Albany County clean air law would protect similar rules in Coeymans

Nov 19, 2019 12:57 am
Lauren Stanforth reports for the Times Union that Democrats in the Albany County Legislature are trying to pass the Albany County Clean Air Law, which would restrict waste-burning operations and require emission monitoring standards at local facilities. They are holding a public hearing Nov. 19 on the issue. The law holds waste incineration facilities to burning less than 25 tons a day, which should limit new facilities from opening, but applies mainly to the one facility operating currently in the county, the LaFargeHolcim cement plant in Coeymans in southern Albany County. After talk of burning tires in the kilns there leaked out, town officials passed a very similar clean air law there. But, after this year's election, that law may be in jeopardy. Republican George McHugh was elected supervisor, and he has close ties to Carver Companies, the operator of the Port of Coeymans. And they have a contract with New York to clean up old tire dumps. Earlier this year, McHugh said he resigned as Carver's general counsel, but he later told the Times Union that he would pick up other work if Carver requested it. His son runs a Carver port in South Carolina. Now McHugh and his two new Republicans on the board, Zachary Collins and Brandon LeFevre, could overturn the town law, and allow tires to be burnt in the LaFargeHolcim kilns, across the street from the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk high school. "I believe they are going to do away with (the law) or they are going to gut it," said outgoing Coeymans Supervisor Philip Crandall, a Democrat. "And why wouldn’t they? They are working for their overlords." Read more about this story in the Times Union.
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