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In Rensselaer, political fight continues over waste facilities

Jun 03, 2019 12:32 am
Brian Nearing reports in the Albany Times Union that the chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature wants a law to temporarily bar new waste management plants within one mile of the Hudson River anywhere in the county. In Rensselaer, city officials have already approved a waste facility in the Port of Rensselaer. If Mike Stammel's bill is passed by the legislature it could temporary block a different municipal waste processing plant project off Riverside Avenue in Rensselaer that the city has approved. Rensselaer Resource Recovery LLC is applying with the Department of Environmental Conservation to build a $35 million facility to convert plastics, tires, treated railroad ties, and other biomass into a fuel for cement plants or other facilities. The issue is also political in Rensselaer as Stammel is currently running for mayor against incumbent Democratic Mayor Richard Mooney to fill the last two years in the late Mayor Daniel Dwyer's four-year term. In Catskill recently, another company wanted to bury toxic ash in a quarry within a mile of the Hudson River. Read more about this story in the Albany Times Union.