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NEW EDITORIALS CALL FOR N.Y. TO STOP CEMENT PLANT

HILLSDALE & NEW YORK CITY: Two new editorials in The New York Times and The Independent this weekend call on Governor George Pataki to bring an end to St. Lawrence Cement's proposal to build a vast new coal-burning cement plant in the mid-Hudson Valley.

The Times' editorial appeared in Sunday's Westchester section, and marks the fourth time the paper has come out against SLC's plans:

"A negative decision would deal the project a heavy blow because the Army Corps of Engineeers could not then issue important permits without which the company cannot proceed, whatever the outcome of other reviews. ... This page has urged Mr. Pataki on several occasions... to block the project, not least because it is so obviously inconsistent with his vision for the Hudson River, and, more broadly, his sound record of environmental stewardship. Here is another chance for him to do so."

On Friday, The Independent wrote for the third time in opposition to the massive plant proposal, writing that:

"We have grave reservations about the health impacts of the plant, especially now that the company has proposed a shortened smokestack. We share the concerns of thosse who believe the proposal diminishes the national treasure of Olana. And we see no evidence that the plant would have any perceivable positive impact on the local economy. ... We believe the nation has a stake in preserving the integrity of the coastline. And the Department of State has a duty to reject outright the St. Lawrence Cement proposal."

Readers can download flyers of the full editorials in PDF formal by clicking the following links: INDY | NYT; or use the following links to read the text online: INDY | NYT