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Major Developments This Week Concerning Lafarge’s Ravena Plant

Two State Agencies to Conduct Public Information Meetings at R-C-S HS in Ravena

DEC on Lafarge Ravena Proposed Modernization (December 8, 2010) and DOH on Public Health Assessment of Lafarge’s Ravena Plant (December 9, 2010)

At these back-to-back meetings the public will finally have an opportunity to learn the specifics about Lafarge's proposed modernization and about a public health assessment.

Friends of Hudson urges concerned residents to attend these meetings--the only official opportunities to hear from and ask questions of those responsible for these projects.

We are reviewing all related documents and will file comments with both the DEC and DOH. As our legal and technical experts provide us with analysis of specific issues in the proposed modernization we will keep the public informed on our website and via e-mails to our members. Please donate to Friends of Hudson to support our expert review.

DEC Public Information Meeting on Proposed Plant Modernization
Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 6 PM
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk HS auditorium
2025 Route 9W, Ravena, NY.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a Notice of Completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Notice of Complete Application for the proposed modernization of Lafarge’s cement plant at Ravena NY.

The DEC will conduct a Public Information Meeting at which “Department staff and Lafarge will present information to the public on the status and contents of the proposed application and DEIS. Following the presentations, the public will have an opportunity to ask questions. The presentations and the question and answer session will not be considered part of the record.”

Written comments for the record will be received by the DEC, via mail, e-mail or fax, at any time during the Public Comment Period that extends through February 22, 2011. There will be a Legislative Hearing on January 20, 2011 at which the public will be able to make statements for the record.

Additional information will be posted here later this week, following the public meetings.

DOH Public Health Assessment of Lafarge’s Ravena Plant
NYS Department of Health (DOH) has issued its Draft Phase One Report for the Lafarge Cement Plant in Ravena NY.

According to the DOH “this phase one report summarizes what is known about contaminants released from the cement plant over its nearly 50 years of operation and describes how people might have been exposed to contaminants from the plant in the past or might be exposed now. This phase one report also describes previously performed assessments of health risk from contaminants released from the plant and available health outcome data for people living within a five ZIP code area around the plant. The information in this phase one report will be used in completing phase two of the public health assessment. Phase two will assess the likelihood that exposures described in the phase one report might harm community health. Based on conclusions reached during phase two, further study and/or actions to prevent or mitigate health effects might be recommended.

”The public comment period on Phase one extends until February 15, 2011 after which “DOH will develop a final phase one report that will include consideration of public comments. “

Public Meeting
Thursday, Decenber 9, 2010, 7 PM
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk HS auditorium 2025 Route 9W, Ravena, NY.

“At this meeting, NYS DOH staff members who prepared the phase one report will provide a brief overview of the two phases of the public health assessment for the cement plant, briefly summarize the major findings of phase one, and take comment from attendees about the health assessment process, the phase one report, and plans for phase two of the health assessment.”

The report and related information sheets can be accessed at
http://www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/investigations/lafarge

Comments on the phase one report can be sent to:

Bettsy Prohonic
Education and Outreach Unit

New York State Department of Health

547 River Street, Room 316

Troy, NY 12180

or via FAX: 518-402-7539 or e-mail: ceheduc@health.state.ny.us.