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CONGRESSMAN SAYS HE IS NEUTRAL ON SLC

RED HOOK -- During a recent visit to Dutchess County, Congressman John Sweeney was asked about the coal-fired SLC proposal by Kingston Daily Freeman reporter Patricia Doxsey:

"On one issue of local concern -- plans by St. Lawrence Cement to construct a cement manufacturing facility in Columbia County -- Sweeney said he continues to be neutral. 'I hear strongly from both sides on the issue,' said Sweeney, adding that he is waiting to form an opinion until scientists at the state level to conclude their review of the project."
The statement was welcomed by opponents such as Friends of Hudson, since early in the five-year-old controversy Sweeney had been perceived as pro-plant. The Congressman has since suggested that was a misperception.