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31 groups say "Stop the Plant!" Organizations total 178,000 members

September 17, 2002
Position Statement:
SLC Greenport Project

In recent years the Hudson Valley, like its neighbors in The Berkshires and Litchfield County, has made great strides toward achieving a prosperous and sustainable future.

This progress is based upon a sound mix of clean businesses that create jobs while protecting residents’ health. Such businesses respect and rely upon the region’s unique scenic and heritage resources, rather than sacrificing our irreplaceable assets.

It is in this context that our groups oppose the massive coal-fired cement plant proposed by St. Lawrence Cement for Columbia County, N.Y.

Out-of-scale and out-of-place, this facility would pose a clear threat to the public health, cause irreparable damage to our natural and historic resources, and stifle positive economic growth.

Our concerns are exacerbated by the documented compliance failures of this company during the past decade in other host communities. We thus call upon public officials, civic organizations, and residents alike to join us in opposing the St. Lawrence Cement Greenport project.

SIGNED:
25 New York State groups:

Cancer Awareness Coalition, Inc.
Citizens for a Healthy Environment
Citizens for the Hudson Valley
Clover Reach
Columbia Action Now!
Concerned Women of Claverack
Environmental Advocates of New York
Friends of Hudson/OSI
Historic Hudson, Inc.
Historic Hudson Valley
Hudson Antiques Dealers Association
Hudson River Heritage
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Hudson Valley GREEN
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Natural Resources Defense Council
New York League of Conservation Voters
New York Rivers United
The Olana Partnership
Preservation League of New York State
Regional Farm & Food Project
Riverkeeper
Scenic Hudson
Sierra Club (Atlantic Chapter)
S.T.O.P.P.

6 Massachusetts & Connecticut groups:

Berkshire-Litchfield Envronmental Council
Berkshire Natural Resources Council
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
Friends of Clean Air
Housatonic Environmental Action League
Housatonic River Initiative