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Valatie board calls for toxic dump cleanup

Feb 19, 2014 6:25 am
Emilia Teasdale is reporting in the Columbia Paper the Valatie Village Board adopted a resolution last week calling for the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation to stop further contamination and to remediate the Dewey Loeffel Superfund site in "the most expedited and safest methodology presently available." The resolution was approved on a unanimous vote. Valatie Mayor Diane Argyle continues to be frustrated by the EPA's failure to meet with Columbia County residents on the issue of water quality. Toxic industrial waste was dumped by several companies for nearly 20 years at the Dewey Loeffel site, which is located in the town of Nassau, Rensselaer Co. Water and other fluids from the site are being treated, and since mid-January several thousand gallons of treated water have been released into the nearby Valatie Kill. Tests ordered by the EPA show the water meets current safety standards. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.