Coeymans considering air pollution law
Mar 25, 2019 12:21 am
Coeymans Town Supervisor Philip Crandall writes an opinion article in the Ravena News-Herald about Local Law No. 1 of 2019, the proposed Clean Air Law that severely limit the burning of waste in the souther Albany County town. Representatives from the LafargeHolcim plant are against the law as it was recently discovered that they would like to burn tires in their Ravena kilns. "This law will allow us the ability to eliminate some of the most toxic chemical emissions from being released into our atmosphere," Crandall wrote. On Feb. 25, the Albany County Planning Board recommended that Coeymans notify surrounding local towns about the law, and also other stakeholders, such as CSX, the Coast Guard, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and others. The Albany Times Union reported last week that in late 2017 the Ravena cement plant denied that it intended to burn waste from Connecticut in Ravena, but a letter surfaced last week showing that owners LafargeHolcim wanted to do just that. Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck released the letter, from an affiliate of LafargeHolcim, which owns the plant in Ravena, to a California-based company that was seeking to acquire municipal waste from Hartford, Conn. In the July 19, 2017 latter, a regional official of Geocycle, which is a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, told the head of Mustang Renewable Power that the company wanted to buy 50,000 tons or more of processed waste to be burned as fuel in the kilns at the Ravena plant. Those kilns are across Route 9W from the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School. The Coeymans Town Board meets next at 7 p.m. March 28 at town hall.