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Rensselaer County proposes law to regulate toxin

Oct 13, 2017 1:35 pm
Jorja Roman reports for Spectrum that the Rensselaer County Legislature is proposing a new law to regulate the amount of 1,4-Dioxane that can be discharged. In the town of Nassau, the Dewey Loeffel Landfill was a dump site in the 1950s and 1960s and was declared a superfund site in the 1980s. “We’re not going to sit and wait any longer for the state and federal government to take action on these carcinogens. We need to get them out and protect people’s health,” said Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino. Nassau Supervisor David Fleming explains the situation. “This treatment plant that was constructed under EPA authorization is pulling that groundwater back towards the landfill and then treating that groundwater to get the contaminants out and then discharge it into the Valatie Kill, which is a trout stream and a Hudson River watershed area,” said Fleming. “The levels that are being released from this water treatment facility are significantly higher than we’re comfortable with,” said Jimino. The proposed law would fine companies responsible for cleanup if water samples exceeded .35 parts per billion. The Rensselaer County legislature will vote on the proposal in November. Read the full story at the Spectrum website.