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Dr. Ward Stone to Speak about Testing for Possible Contamination from Mercury and other Heavy Metals at Ravena Cement Plant

Friday, April 3, 2009 at 7 PM

Prominent NYS Wildlife Pathologist will be joined by Susan Falzon who will present an overview of Lafarge's Current Modernization Proposal

Community Advocates for Safe Emissions (CASE) will host a presentation by Dr. Ward Stone, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Pathologist and Adjunct Professor at the College of St. Rose and SUNY Cobleskill, on his testing of soil and small wildlife for mercury and other heavy metals that may have been contaminated by toxic air emissions from the Lafarge Cement Plant on Route 9W in Ravena, NY.

Dr. Stone will discuss in depth the goals and design of his study, as well as address concerns and questions from community residents. Lafarge was identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as the nation’s fourth worst mercury polluter in 2007. In addition to mercury, Lafarge emits annually a wide range of other heavy metals and hazardous substances that disperse over significant portions of Albany, Greene, Columbia and Rensselaer counties.

In addition, Susan Falzon, Director of Friends of Hudson, will join us to discuss the permitting process for Lafarge's proposed modernized facility. Drawing on Friends of Hudson's extensive experience and successful intervention in the state's permitting process for the St. Lawrence Cement project in Greenport, Ms. Falzon will discuss mechanisms for the community to ensure that its concerns receive the highest level of consideration by the DEC in the permit approval process for Lafarge in Ravena.

Friday, April 3, 2009, at 7 PM.

Ravena Fire House, 116 Main Street, Ravena, NY.

From the NYS Thruway, Exit 22 (Selkirk); turn right on Rte. 144, go approx. 4 miles to hamlet of Coeymans. Go over bridge to Y and bear right on Rte. 143 up hill; go approx. ¾ mile and you’ll see the Ravena Fire House on your left. For parking, go past fire house, turn right onto Central Ave and then take immediate right into public parking lot.

From the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Catskill; Continue west on NY23 toward NY23E. Merge onto US 9W toward Coxsackie. In Ravena turn slight right onto Main St/NY 143 (there is a car dealer on the right at this turn). Continue to follow 143 for 1.4 miles. Turn left onto Main Street NY 144 and arrive at Ravena Fire House.